Starting in the fall of 2012, Fit Kids Playground has partnered with Truck Farm Tampa in Tampa, FL to provide a preschool education class that is was designed to get children thinking healthy! In addition to the mobile garden that is brought out to schools, kids learn about what it takes to be healthy!
Encouraging children to learn and participate in mealtimes is a new year’s resolution worth making. But how do you get kids interested in fresh fruits and veggies when they really want to eat chicken nuggets, french fries and plain pasta? We have written a curriculum geared towards preschools because we feel that by starting early with conversations on topics like “what” are healthy foods and “where” do fruits and vegetables come from, our little ones might start to learn what healthy habits are at the same time they are learning about letters, reading, writing. Our class is broken up into 4 easy lessons that will be taught 1 time per month over a 4 month period. The class is meant to add to the existing program that the school already has in place.
We say the word “healthy” but doe your children know the meaning of the word? A first lesson we will introduce to the preschoolers is “What does healthy mean to you?” Children hear the word “healthy” all the time in many contexts. But do they understand WHAT it means exactly? Do they understand WHY we are supposed to eat healthy foods?
The eating habits children learn when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults. Preschoolers are already learning very basic concepts. Colors are a basic lesson taught at a very young age. By using the motto “today I ate a rainbow” and using the different colors to correlate to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, kids will have the opportunity to “sample the rainbow” during our class and see that they might like something new!
Using all 5 senses to teach preschoolers healthy habits will only impact their future to make smart choice on their own later in life. We will be reading books, tasting foods, smelling the fresh air during our outside activity and also learning healthy songs! Teaching the basic concepts of being healthy early on, will over time, educate a generation about healthy lifestyles and the benefits to leading a healthy life. Old habits are hard to break! Why don’t we teach our children right from the start! If you are interested in learning more about how your preschool can get this program, please contact Fit Kids Playground through our site.
If your preschool is interested in our Preschool or Elementary P.O.W.E.R. Program, please contact us here. We do have scholarships available for schools that meet a certain criteria.