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Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables

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USDA/Food and Nutrition Service/Team Nutrition
Producer:USDA/Food and Nutrition Service/Team Nutrition
Date Produced:June 2010
  • DVD
  • CD-ROM
  • Booklet
  • Curriculum
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Child Care Providers
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Gardening
Description:Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

The kit includes seven booklets featuring three fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm can be used to introduce any fruit or vegetable! It also has a CD-ROM with Supplemental Information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup's Picnic and Lunch Parties.

Each set of lessons in the six fruit or vegetable booklets contain: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPyramid for Preschoolers. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Cost:One copy per Child Care Center is available upon request through Team Nutrition. Also available in PDF.
Ordering Info:One copy per Child Care Center is available upon request through Team Nutrition, using this online order form: http://www.ntis.gov/tn/Index.aspx
Web Site:http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/growit.html


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material incorporates and uses some concepts in MyPlate or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

This is a garden-themed nutrition education kit, so it primarily uses the fruit and vegetable components of MyPyramid and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. However, each booklet does include an activity involving teaching preschoolers about MyPyramid.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Target audience is preschoolers.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

Material gives thorough discussion points for teacher to use when doing each activity with the children (what questions to ask the children, how to explain the concepts to them). Also includes some great information about developmentally appropriate practices for children ages 3-5.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

Contains many resources including a teaching guide, ideas for arts and crafts, book suggestions, songs, coloring pages, 2 CDs (1 DVD), and a MyPyramid for Preschoolers poster.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes five or more of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Recipes also contain information about which parts of the recipe can be done by young children allowing providers to include them in the cooking activity.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for the following nutrients listed on the nutrition label: kcal, macronutrients, trans fats, cholesterol, dietary fiber and sodium. If for a low-income audience, a cost analysis is included.

Several of the recipes also provide crediting information for use on the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.

Illustrations include children from many different races.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material reflects, but does not emphasize, a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.

The materials are all beautifully illustrated.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight used is heavy enough so that print from one side cannot be seen on the other side. Text is written in a font size that is easy to read, and the main body is not written in capital letters.

Booklets are color-coded and printed on quality paper. Includes 7 booklets in a colorful cardboard box.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 9th grade level or above.

Reading level is not formally assessed.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing enhance presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This is an excellent, thorough resource that was developed for child care centers or home child care providers. It would also be a wonderful resource for any preschool program. It offers a variety of activities to encourage children to learn about and to taste new fruits and vegetables.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
A terrific resource! All of the components can be used together to provide a variety of experiences for preschoolers to learn about new fruits and vegetables.
D. Overall Summary
This would be a great choice if you are looking for a curriculum to teach preschoolers about fruits and vegetables. It helps teach nutrition education by incorporating many different activities including vocabulary, physical activity skills, literature, music, science, gardening, and arts/crafts. It also includes printed materials for children to take home, allowing them to share what they learned with their parents or guardians.

Reviewer Rating
Any opinions expressed about any resource in this web site (either expressly or implied) are solely and completely the responsibility of the reviewer and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Highly Recommended