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I believe that it is important to teach kids where food comes. I want my kids to know that food doesn’t just come from the grocery store. I also want them to know that it doesn’t grow in a can, bottle, or bag, either.
This post shares some ways we have been teaching our kids where food comes from.
There’s a wonderful, organic, U-Pick berry farm not too far from us, and their U-Pick season recently started. The kids and I headed up one day to pick our own blackberries and raspberries.
It was such a great lesson. The kids got to see the dirt and vines where the fruit grows.
We compared the colors and taste of the ripe fruit vs. the not-yet-ripe fruit. And we practiced plucking the berries off the vine very carefully so as to avoid squishing them.
We even found this lovely bird’s nest among the vines!
But the best part, of course, was coming home and getting to enjoy our berries as a tasty snack. 🙂
Where milk comes from
Not too long ago we went to a wonderful event at an historical farm near our house. One of the activities for the kids was this cow milking station.
There was a rubber teat the kids could squeeze in order to “milk” the cow.
Both XGirl and QBoy spent a very long time “milking” their respective cows. And my husband and I took the opportunity to talk to the kids about where milk comes from. We discussed how farmers milk the cows and then deliver the milk to the grocery store where we purchase it.
And here are several books that can be used for teaching kids where food comes from:
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth
Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson
Up from the Ground: Connecting Kids to Real Food by Rebecca Murakami
Curious George Farm to Table by H. A. Rey
What have you done to teach your kids about where food comes from? Please share your thoughts or posts in the comments!
More botany resources for kids
More botany posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- The basics about plants
- Dyeing flowers
- Dissecting flowers
- Vegetable people craft
- Sprouting seeds
- Do seeds need light to grow?
- How leaves breathe
- How leaves get water
- Why do leaves change colors?
- Gardening do-a-dot printables
- Leaf rubbings book