The Week of the Young Child is a week-long celebration of early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Each day of the week is dedicated to a specific theme that highlights the unique talents, abilities, and needs of young children.
- Introduce menus from local restaurants into your dramatic play area. Have a wide variety of different cultures and cuisines.
- Make snack necklaces by having children string different food items onto the string. You can use Cheerios, pretzels (plain, yogurt, or chocolate), Cheez-Its, Froot Loops, or anything else a string can go through.
- Make some Berry Special Milk!
- Incorporate TXAEYC’s Tasty Tuesday videos into your lesson plan! Watch together as a class and explore from there!
Step it Up! (Texas Together): Explore the culture-specific foods that the young children in your classroom may enjoy at home. Connect with families by engaging them in the history and tradition of meals from their countries of origin. Consider having families share a story or recipe about their favorite dish and the history behind it. Introduce your class to new ingredients and discuss where they are grown. Create a recipe book using images the children draw and share the book with the community. The creative opportunities are as endless as the meals themselves.
Book Suggestions: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, Pancakes by Lotta Nieminen (board book), Just Try One Bite by Adam Mansbach and Camila Alves McConaughey, ¡Todos a Comer! A Mexican Food Alphabet Book by Dr. Ma. Alma González Pérez (bilingual English/Spanish)
Free Resources: Meatball Launcher from Curious George, Centros de aprendizaje: Cocina from NAEYC, Balance from PBS’ What’s Good, The Science of Balance and Nutrition from PBS’ What’s Good, Kids Healthy Eating Plate from Harvard
*Information provided by TXAEYC.