To continue our food as a language exploration we explored the Bok-Choy vegetable. As we let our children explore different types of foods we provide them the chance to broaden their horizons in order to encourage healthier eating habits for the future.
For this provocation we used a light table covered with white butcher paper and set Bok-Choy with a palette of green to white hues on top of the blank paper.
At first the children came to the light table and immediately called the Bok-Choy, “lettuce”. We informed them that it was a vegetable called Bok-Choy. They touched the vegetable and then started to tear apart the layers. We went over colors with them as they appeared on the layers. The children replied with, “Its green!” and some other children said, “Its white!” One child grabbed one of the layers and crushed it in his hand. He liked the sensation of it since it was cold and proceeded to repeat this process for a couple of more layers.
After they used their sense of touch and felt the various layers of the Bok-Choy the children then noticed the paint set out on the table. One child dipped the layer in the paint and started to drag it across the table. Soon most of the children did the same. We used this opportunity to count with them, counting the layers from numbers 1-10 and then introducing the children to numbers 11-20.
We did this project as a way to introduce our children to different types of foods to hopefully encourage curiosity and a good relationship with food in general. By introducing unfamiliar foods in a familiar, welcoming setting sparks exploration and dialogue among the children and teachers. Food explorations such as this one allows the children to strengthen their communication skills, share observations with their peers, and exchange opinions as they expand their minds. We also want our children to really develop an eye for colors. Exploring foods in the classroom has already shown a positive result as far what our children are willingly to eat. As we continue to explore foods we hope to open our children’s eyes to new and healthy possibilities!