It’s mid-summer, which means gardens are starting to produce an array of colorful delicious vegetables. Getting your children involved with gardening can develop into a wonderful outdoor family activity. When children are active participants in the planning, growing and harvesting of garden vegetables, they are usually willing to eat them also. The harvesting stage is usually what young children get the most excited about. This is a great learning experience for children. When you teach children to help with the garden harvest, there will certainly be fun times and laughter all around! Here are some fun tips on how to make garden harvesting with young children a fun and productive activity. Continue reading
It’s July in Iowa which means hot and humid weather. When we work, play and exercise outdoors, we sweat and LOSE essential water and minerals, and it is important to our health to replace it! Between 70-80% of a child’s body is made up of water. Keep water handy and cold for your children by always keeping a pitcher of water or water bottles in the refrigerator. Continue reading
Did you know that SWEET CORN has an even number of rows on each cob?
And on the average, an ear of SWEET CORN has 800 kernels in 16 rows? Continue reading
Have you ever done rock painting? It is a great way to spend time outdoors with your children. The first thing you will need to do is to collect some rocks. Part of the fun of rock painting is the hunt for the rocks. Smooth flat rocks are best for most rock painting projects, but irregular shapes can also spark the imagination. Continue reading
Bean bag toss is a popular outdoor summer game. Besides the traditional adult bean bag toss, explore some of these games and activities you can play outdoors or indoors with your young children this summer. You can even make your own bean bags in any shape, size and color. Continue reading
What am I?
I am a common fruit that is red,
With many seeds on the outside.
I am often used in a smoothie,
And made into jam and jelly. Continue reading
Author: Hallie Evans. NE Iowa Food & Fitness F2ECE Associate
A fun way to write a short story is to use pictures in place of words. Young children will enjoy reading along with the stories by identifying the pictures as you read. Use your imagination, and let your children help you create the story. Continue reading
Have you made smoothies lately? Some people have a nutritious smoothie each morning for breakfast, and smoothies also make a quick healthy snack. Smoothies are a great way to get children of all ages to drink a cool drink packed with fruit, vegetables, vitamins and calcium, all depending on what you mix in them. Continue reading