For children ages 7 to 11 to help them to try 48 new and familiar vegetables from around the world.
Help your children to discover and taste a variety of vegetables, and engage in hands-on food-related activities. They will also learn about food origins, nutrition, seasonality, and interesting facts about the food they eat.
Your children will investigate a variety of different vegetables with their five senses, document these experiences, prepare simple recipes, perform food science experiments, and learn interesting facts with their Food Explorers Challenge kit.
Food Explorers Kit
Each Food Explorers kit contains five different sets of educational materials that interact with each other, as well as a Parent Guide. Each kit includes:
A 92-page booklet filled with fascinating information about the 6 classifications of vegetables, which we call “Teams”, each with 8 examples of each type of vegetable, children’s reflection questions about the vegetable once tasted, quizzical drawing challenges, food science experiments, vocabulary, and word puzzles, drawing and art projects, and a glossary.
48 “baseball-style” cards. Each card has a graphic representation of vegetable on one side, and nutritional information and fun facts on the other side. The vegetables are divided by category and “teams” just like sports teams. These cards can be used by parents to test their children’s knowledge about the food on each card. They can also be used by children to collect, trade, and play with as they choose.
48 peel-off stickers that are used with the Explorers Journal. Children are asked to place a sticker on that vegetable’s page in the journal once they have tasted the vegetable.
24 recipes (12 two-sided cards) that incorporate the vegetable your children try throughout each challenge.
A map with country names where your children are asked to locate where each vegetable was discovered.
A guide that provides information that will make implementing the Food Explorers Challenge program easy for you and rewarding for your children.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my children learn in the program?
Your children will learn about healthy eating through hands-on activities that include opportunities for them to taste new and familiar vegetables, discover where the vegetable they eat originates, practice age-appropriate cooking skills, and have fun while they learn about nutrition and the importance of balanced and healthful eating.
What are some of the vegetables my child will explore?
Your children will taste a variety of 48 familiar and unfamiliar vegetables like parsnips, leeks, artichokes, bamboo shoots, okra, Brussel sprouts, and yams.
How often should I explore a new vegetable with my children?
Set a schedule of when your children will explore new vegetables. Our recommendation is to try two to three new vegetables a week, but you will decide what works best for your family. This will take a child between four to five months to complete the Food Explorers Challenge: Vegetables of the World.
What materials do we need to do the program?
The Food Explorers Challenge will require food items. The challenge is designed to include vegetables that can be found in any grocery store. To help your children through their food exploration, we also include recipes that include vegetables found throughout their journey. To complete the recipes, we recommend using child-safe knives and a child-friendly measuring cup and spoon set. However, you can use what you have in your kitchen, but remember that they should be an appropriate size for children to cut, scoop, measure, and pour as they do the recipes. Many child-sized culinary tools can readily be found online.
*How do you determine how much I must pay for the program?
As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to bringing the message of healthier eating to children across the country. The cost of the program covers our production and shipping expenses only. We fund the balance of the program’s expenses through the generosity of individuals like you.