What's Growing in Your Child's Imagination?




For a minute, consider the food messages our children consume. Are the ads they watch promoting healthy food choices? Are they being brainwashed that sugar is an important food group, that soda is a harmless substitute for water?

Unhealthy food choices get plenty of promotion in children’s (and adult) media; healthy choices, not so much. And yet, the foods they learn to love as children, may be hard to unlearn as adults — just like they have been for many of us. Comfort food is rarely healthy food.

You can help plant the seed about how fun and tasty vegetables and fruits can be! With the help of Harry the bunny, your toddler can grow and prepare a variety of veggies in Harry’s Garden, a virtual garden activity app developed by BabyFirst and the American Heart Association.

In Harry’s Garden, kids design, plant, tend and harvest their gardens, then prepare their produce by chopping, juicing, baking or grilling. In the game settings, parents can find kid-friendly recipes for the vegetables and fruit featured in the app, and more resources on healthy eating and living.

This engaging and educational app was designed for ages 2-4 by experts in child development, healthy eating and gardening.

It teaches important skills and lessons about where food comes from, while also getting children interested in trying and eating healthy foods. It’s a great way to keep little ones entertained, especially at the store or market where they can help find the vegetables and fruits they’ve been growing!

 

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