We all know eating nutrient-rich foods is important, especially during childhood when kids are still growing! But kids aren't always willing to eat healthier foods like fruits and vegetables. One great way to encourage healthy eating with little ones is to get them in the kitchen and let them play with food! This lets kids explore and become more familiar with different foods, opening kids up to try out new foods or try foods in new ways. Plus it's a great opportunity for them to learn the science behind food to understand why certain foods keep us healthy and strong.
What is interesting about sodium is how genetics plays a role in determining how much salt people like! People who love salt are known as “supertasters.” This experiment teaches kids about how much salt is in foods like butter and that certain amounts of salt can taste different! Approximately how 35% of women and 15% of men are supertasters!
In this experiment children will explore foods that help kids build strong bones!
Yogurt has the most calcium per serving of any food! You can eat it with fruit or you can make a vegetable dip out of it. Other foods that contain similar nutrients are yogurt, cabbage and radishes.
A difficult concept for kids to grasp is how the food we eat can be turned back into soil and this soil can be used to grow more food. This experiment helps kids explore how composting works and the natural process that goes along with itl.
Do you know that feeling when you eat a sugary snack and you start to get a headache? Many people refer to this as a “sugar buzz”. Typically during this sugar buzz your body goes to work and removes all the sugar from your blood. This science experiment explores the differences in which sugar gets absorbed into the blood compared with starches. When we consume sugar the molecules pass into our blood more quickly and leave us feeling hungry again soon after.
Approximately 1.3 billion tons of food products are wasted each year! One way to help the planet is to put your food scraps to good use! This experiment allows you to take your leftover food scraps and turn them into new foods!
This experiment will teach kids about the amount of water that is in their favorite fruits and vegetables and what kind of nutritious value they hold!