Garlic is a nutritional powerhouse and we have a fun and simple game and song to teach your children about the health benefits of garlic! Pair this game with one of the tasty kid-friendly garlic recipes from Veggie Buds Club and we guarantee that your children will love (or at least try...!) garlic. Search "Garlic" in our blog archives to find your new favorite garlic recipe.
The Awesome Power of Garlic
Garlic helps your body in lots of ways! Here are just a few:
Garlic Buddy Body Game
Onion Fun & Garlic Yum!
Teach your kids that onions and garlic are fun and tasty with our "Onion Fun & Garlic Yum!" Box. Inside you'll find hours of onion and garlic crafts, games, growing projects, recipes, and more!
Monica Irwin, the creator of Veggie Buds Club, recently Skyped with Twin Cities Live to discuss 4 simple snacktivities (1-2 ingredients!) that are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained and well-nourished. A snacktivity is simply a snack and activity combination, they are all guaranteed to make veggies fun for your kids!
Carrot Tower: Slice 1-2 carrots into “coin” shapes. Place them on a plate with some of your child’s favorite dip (i.e. nut/seed butter, ranch, or hummus). Encourage your child to stack the carrot “coins” as high as they can to make a Carrot Tower while they snack on carrots and dip at the same time. They can also use the dip as “glue” to help hold the tower together!
Bean Tic Tac Toe: Create a “Tic Tac Toe” board with 4 green beans. Use any type of veggie, snack food, or dry beans for the “X’s” and “O’s” and play Bean Tic Tac Toe with your child! Place some extra green beans on the side and encourage your child to snack on these while you play.
Peas & Cheese Necklace: Twist 2 pipe cleaners together. Place a plate of sugar snap peas and cubed cheese in front of your child and have them poke them on the pipe cleaners to make a “Peas & Cheese Necklace”. Have fun with patterns and counting as you do this activity with your child. They can eat their necklace when complete!
Popcorn Garland: Pop some popcorn, preferably unsalted and unbuttered. Prepare a needle and thread for your child (you know your child best, only have them do this activity if you’re comfortable letting them use a real needle!). Have them poke popcorn on the needle and create a garland while snacking on popcorn at the same time.
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We hope your enjoy these 9 fun and interactive activities and recipes that teach your preschool-aged kids about the letter "B" (and that veggies are fun and tasty!).
1. Read Books!
Enjoy our recommended "B" books featuring veggies and fruit (and honey!):
2. Paint with Broccoli
Simply dip broccoli florets in washable paint and use them as "paintbrushes" and/or slice broccoli florets in half to make "tree stamps". So simple and so fun!
3. Letter "B" Tracing
Download this FREE letter "B" tracing sheet from Veggie Buds Club.
4. Bake Some Beet Brownies!
5. Letter "B" Coloring Pages
Download these FREE letter "B" coloring pages from Veggie Buds Club.
6. Bake Some Broccoli Nuggets
Enjoy this delicious kid-approved recipe from Veggie Buds Club and Happy Kids Kitchen. You can find the recipe here!
7. Make Beet Watercolor
8. Broccoli Activity Sheets
Have fun with these broccoli activity sheets! Create the letter "B" by using dot stickers or dot paint with Activity Sheet #1. Fill in the letter "B" with broccoli florets with Activity Sheet #2 (bonus if you have a laminator!).
9. Play Bean Tic Tac Toe
Make a Tic Tac Toe board out of green beans and use two different types of dry beans as the X's and O's! You can also go a step further and create the letter "B" with dry beans and greens beans. Be sure to eat some green beans as a snack while you play!
Want your kids to eat more veggies?
We created this fun FREE printable for you to do at home with your kids! Memory is a classic game that's appropriate for a wide-range of ages. Use fewer matching cards for younger kids and increase the amount of matching cards for your older children. Why not make veggies the star by playing a "Veggie Memory Game"?!
You can check out more great tools and kits that teach kids to learn to love veggies in our shop!
Make this activity more robust by first reading a book featuring veggies, here are some of our suggestions:
"Eating the Alphabet" by Lois Ehlert
"Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert
"We're Going to the Farmers' Market" by Stefan Page
Veggie Memory Game Printable
Simply print both sheets out at home, cut out the cards (bonus if you can laminate them), and play!
This fun "Counting Kernels" game was included in Veggie Buds Club's "Kids Love Sweet Corn" kit. This is such a wonderful and simple game for kids to practice their counting skills and number recognition. We recommend a popcorn snack while they play!
You can check out great tools and kits that teach kids to learn to love veggies in our shop!
We modeled this game off of a great activity on the I Heart Crafty Things blog, they even have a free printable! You simply need the printed game board from I Heart Craft Things, yellow Avery 3/4-inch round stickers (or any other sticker will do!), and 2 dice.
Counting Kernels Game Rules
ONE PLAYER RULES