Fruit fun for nursery pupils
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.