Cooking the Alphabet
Next week is "E" week at our school, meaning we will be talking and learning about all things "E"! So today at our teacher planning meeting we brainstormed on all the Exciting E-based Events we could plan for the upcoming days. Some of our ideas included: Egg-shell painting, making scrambled-Eggs, Exercise activities outside in the spring air and Eating the alphabet! Last spring in May I wrote several posts
about Lois Ehlert's book "Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z". It is a fabulous book especially great for picky eaters who tend to eat the same repertoire of foods every day. For more information about Ehlert's book and suggestions on how to implement the book at home or in therapy, visit my posts from May 2012.
In addition to "Eating the Alphabet," we discussed taking the idea one step further to "Cooking the Alphabet", starting with the letter A of course and moving through all 26 letters to Z. This is a great way to get both your students and your own children committed eating healthy and trying new foods. Here are some ideas on how to engage your students and children in the process of "Cooking the Alphabet":
- Have them help you CHOOSE what to COOK! Brainstorm on all the foods you can think of that start with each letter. For example, for the letter A, such foods you could list would be: Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Artichokes, Arugula, Almonds and Asparagus, just to name a few. Make a list of foods they have eaten and another list of those they have never tasted. Then, choose one of the new foods that everyone would like to try.
- Taste the Raw Food - If avocados are the choice, slice one open and explore! Look at, touch and taste the inner layers. What color is it? How does it feel and smell? Taste the food raw and in its most natural form so the child can be exposed to simple basic clean foods that aren't processed or altered in any way.
- Choose or Create a Recipe Using Your New Food - Look through food and recipe magazines, colorful cookbooks and online for a recipe that highlights the new food you are sampling! Choose your favorite recipe and get cooking! Try making guacamole from scratch or an avocado salad. Gather together all your ingredients and enjoy the process of making something delicious with your little one and/or students!
- Repeat the Process Next Week with a Letter B Food and so on!