December Food Themes
What’s in Season for December?
During the winter season, fresh produce will vary depending on where you live. No matter where you live, there can still be some delicious options. Fruits and vegetables can easily be added to soups, salads, or incorporated into smoothies. Keep in mind that many children like to eat produce separate from other foods. With limitless possibilities, it is still possible to enjoy produce during the winter. All this produce fits well into a healthy December!
Food Art and Activity Ideas for December
In your circle time discussions about food culture and traditions, highlight a variety of different foods to teach children about healthy eating. Discuss how lean proteins can help them grow strong; fruits and vegetables give them fiber, vitamins, and minerals; whole grains give them energy to play; and milk keeps their bones and teeth healthy. Check out these fun art projects for a great way to get children excited about common winter activities while exposing them to a variety of healthy foods.
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