Today I read this post about Food Fights at Not Just Cute.
Then I remembered a project I wanted to share here and this might be the right time for it:
When our older child was in Grade 2 they did a nutrition project at school.
Teachers invited nutrition professionals for an interview, children cooked, they analysed industrial food ingredients and advertisements, they watched videos and played games.
Not only regarding taste, but also the other senses that can be nourished: sight, smell, touch, ear…
Kids did all this with a tremendous interest because it was a service learning project and they were really involved.
The final goal was to create banners for CONIN, an Argentinean NGO working against malnutrition in community canteens where food was served for free to children of their same age.
They thought of a slogan synthesising their nutritional recommendations, they compiled all what they had learned and created two different banners to decorate the community canteens:
- abstract compositions using kitchen tools,
- a painted white plate using the yin-yang symbol as background.
Each child painted one plate and in pairs they did the abstract composition.
One of the slogans they came up with was: “let’s become artists, let’s serve at least three colors in our plates”.
Now our child is almost 12 years old, so 5 years have passed by. Still today, when we are serving dinner, he (or his brothers who learned this from him) says: let´s count how many colors do we have here.
This is a very simple way to include a well-balanced meal with protein (dark brown, dark red, white, yellow), vegetables (orange, pink, red, green) and cereals in a same food (soft brown and white)!
Here are some of the art works and slogans children age 7 came up with. I particularly like the last one where the lady is breast-feeding her baby. Which one do you like most?