Eat the Rainbow

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This lesson was an extension of the Cozy Minestrone soup Travis and I made at the beginning of the month from Raddish Kids. I didn’t do the lesson directly in conjunction with the recipe, as I wanted Travis to focus on the food and fun of cooking. But it made for a couple of cute projects over the course of a week, after the fact! If you prefer, you can do this lesson first, and cook Cozy Minestrone after.

First, Travis and I sat down to name all the colors of the rainbow. For each, I produced a square of matching construction paper. Next I told him we’d brainstorm fruits and veggies for each color. We set a timer for 30 seconds for each; Travis was in charge of the timer and loved this part!

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At the end, we had a few items for most colors…

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…but tons on the green. Clearly green “won” and we talked about why this might be.

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Now we looked at an infographic describing what gives each fruit or veggie its color, and what that corresponded to in terms of health.

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Kids can also watch a fun description of phytonutrients. Finally, we had a printout from Raddish, that we can refer back to later.

Next, we went through a grocery flier and looked for fruits and veggies.

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We pasted these into a collage that went up on a the fridge – a great visual reminder of foods we aim to eat each week!

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Finally, I asked Travis to think of what colors he’d eaten that day. Orange for papayas, green for cucumbers, etc. We kept a running tally, and kept it up over the course of a week. At the end, we could see that the blues and purples were most lacking in his diet, but he scored quite well elsewhere!

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Overall, this lesson was a great intro to nutrients for a preschooler. The lesson plan includes tons more detail for big kids, so do be sure to check out Raddish for yourself!

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