I think there is a lot that can be done simply by offering kids fresh fruit and veg repeatedly. I find most will try if there is at least one known winner on the table. In general; strawberries, raspberries or blueberries are a huge favourite
One of my favourite times of the week is working with the tiddlies at a nursery school. They are so open and accepting of what we do in the garden and gloriously thrilled by flowers to see and things to smell. We always plant potatoes, with limited success. Most times we do a potato session the children focus very hard on what the eyes are and making sure they get covered up to sleep.
After the first year of no harvest, when the children dug the potatoes up almost weekly and sometimes daily to check on them I learnt a valuable lesson about working with this age group. After they’ve gone indoors muddy and happy I dig most of the chitted potatoes up again and hide them somewhere else in the garden. It’s so important to have tiddlies get used to putting their hands in the dirt but equally important to hide anything you actually want to grow.
In both club and class we aim to include the following:
Small person enters my room in a very worked up angry state.
“Its just not fair” is the cry. It’s 5.30am by the clock and I can’t do much more than lift my head briefly off the pillow and grunt
“there’s two things and it’s just not fair” .
The wail increases in decibels and my pained sigh in response is unfortunately taken as an affirmation to continue.
“It’s just… it’s just…the first thing is that she’s bigger than me….”
A dramatic pause (possibly for effect, she’s quite theatrical already)
“And the other thing is…”. Another pause but this time a sob escapes as well.
“And I’m smaller than her”…
At this point it is fair to say that my laughter under the duvet is not taken positively.
...an emerging social science
by Jack Monroe, bestselling author of 'A Girl Called Jack'