Fruit fun for nurs­ery pupils

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

CHIL­DREN at Bright Hori­zons Tyther­ing­ton Day Nurs­ery and Pre-School got to the root of healthy eat­ing habits by grow­ing their own veg­eta­bles.

Af­ter dig­ging the veg­eta­bles up in the gar­den, staff and chil­dren washed them be­fore eat­ing them to ex­pe­ri­ence what home-grown raw veg­eta­bles taste like.

The nurs­ery team then in­tro­duced the chil­dren to a range of less fa­mil­iar fruits in­clud­ing pas­sion fruit and av­o­cado so they could ex­plore their tex­ture and talk about how they grow. They were then of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to taste them.

El­lis Houghton, three, said: “Pineap­ple is my favourite. It’s juicy and spiky and squirts when I bite it.”

Erica Grif­fin, three, said: “Veg­eta­bles and fruits make you grow mus­cles so you are strong.”

The chil­dren then painted their favourite fruit and veg­eta­bles, which prompted lit­tle Amelia Hand, four, to say: “I will buy the fruits from the shop and tell mummy they are yummy and good for you.”

Nurs­ery man­ager, Lor­raine Roberts said: “Th­ese kind of ac­tiv­i­ties are re­ally im­por­tant as good eat­ing habits will have a huge im­pact later in their adult lives.”

She added that Bright Hori­zons had been awarded a The Menu Checked en­dorse­ment by the Chil­dren’s Food Trust and that menus had been de­signed with Chil­dren’s Food Trust nu­tri­tion­ist Laura Whiting to pro­mote healthy eat­ing.

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