The breads and grains food group is diverse, and includes a bountiful selection of breads, pastas, cereal, and rice! This group is even further delineated into groups of whole grains and refined grains. Introducing the diversity of this exciting food group and comparing various items helps your budding foodie to make healthy choices. Through observation and documentation (recording what they see), your child is learning to make associations and differentiate between how things look and taste. Using magnifying glasses, we initially compared six different grain items (oats, rice, bow tie pasta, spiral pasta, bread, and a cracker), discussed how they compared and contrasted (These are smooth. These are soft. These are curly.), and then recorded what we saw!
Bagels are a traditional staple in a variety of cultures worldwide. They are among the most versatile food around, enjoyed in increasing popularity. Using pictures with numbered instructions, bagels, fruit, cream cheese, and plastic knives, your little baker created their very own snack! This activity incorporated several areas of development for your little one to enjoy. The numbered instructions fostered pre-reading skills, as each child followed the pictures from left to right. Manipulating the plastic knives to spread the cream cheese onto their bagels accessed self-help and fine motor skills, which are imperative for autonomy, confidence, and future writing endeavors. Lastly, following the instructions in order allowed your little one to understand sequencing (the order in which things happen) and strengthened their counting skills!