If you think there could be mayhem at a Montessori preschool, then quietly raise your hand, sit criss-cross-applesauce, and wait to be called upon….
Little kids are great. They are fun to be around, and will (mostly) listen to you, if listening to you will gain them food. In this case that food was homemade kale chips and roasted chickpeas which I had prepared for them. Very surprisingly, most of them ate all of what they were given, and at least 50% had seconds and finished those too. Who’d have thunk it?
Two weeks ago, my mum drove me and my little brother out to the local Montessori to do a presentation about trying new foods. I am on the editorial board of a kids’ magazine called ChopChopMag and they give me lots of free issues to hand out, so I thought it would be nice to give them to these little kids.
At the presentation, I talked a little about who I am (a kid who loves food), and what I do (eat, mostly, and on certain occasions, cook). I then read them the book “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. The little ones thought it was hilarious when I held the book up in front of my brother’s face. There was one kid in particular that I remember that kept asking me questions in the middle of the story. He was so cute, but I think he was speaking a different language or something, because I couldn’t understand what he was saying!
I afterwards explained how the book was about trying new foods, and asked the kids if they were ready to try some new foods. My mum, my brother and I passed out the kale chips and chickpeas. I later put the Chop Chop magazines into every kid’s cubby.
Here are some photos thanks to my friend’s mum, Rachel Roze, who is a great photographer. (Do not Google that name, though, because there is another photographer named Rachel Roze, and her content can be considered inappropriate for young people. To find the Rachel Roze I know, use the Google search term Flickr Rachel Roze.)
So what is the trick to get kids to eat anything? Get the food endorsed by a bigger kid. You could also read them “Green Eggs and Ham” and then ask them if they want to try a new food.
Thank you for reading! I am sorry I have not been able to post in a while, but now that summer is here you will be getting posts all the time. If you want to find the recipes I made for the Montessori get the Chop Chop magazine, or go online.