Break out the broccoli, because October 1st is World Vegetarian Day! Even if you’re not a vegetarian or a vegan, you can still use this as a learning opportunity with your kids (and with picky eaters) to explore healthy foods, vegetarian meals, and nutrition through these fun crafts and activities for kids.
1) Craft up some vegetables. Use construction paper, glue and markers to make tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, grapes, and more. Design a creative and delicious salad! Or make creative fruit & veggie emojis using pretend play fruit and vegetable pieces. (Smiley faces are optional, but absolutely recommended!)
2) Explain what a vegetarian meal is in simple terms. Like “A vegetarian meal is a meal without meat. So that means it doesn’t have any chicken, beef, pork, or fish!”
3) Have your child create his or her own vegetarian meal with a Make-a-Meal Sticker Pad. Kids can pick out their own place mats and choose which foods to add to their meals. Talk about what was picked and ask your child to point out his or her favorites.
Do you have other ideas for celebrating World Vegetarian Day? Share photos of your family activities with us on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!
BONUS: Looking for more ways to encourage your little eaters to make nutritious food choices? Here are some other creative ways to bring fun to healthy and vegetarian eating… PLUS free recipes!
- Alphabet Soup: Fun Letter Games & A Recipe
- Simple Herb Garden Recipes for Kids
- Nutritious Painted Rainbow Lunches
- Start a Garden with Picky Eaters
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