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Healthy food and children’s learning and development: videos

2-8 years

A trip to the fresh food market can help children learn about colours, numbers and words – and healthy food. It’s surprising how helpful children can be when they’re involved! These videos also show families preparing food together, which builds reading, maths and social skills.

Shopping for healthy food together


The rainbow of colours in this family’s trolley shows they have a great range of healthy food to take home. Shopping for food together helps child development by giving kids a fun opportunity to learn about colours, maths, money and social interaction.


Cooking together: tzatziki


Cooking with kids is a fun way to learn about healthy food and help child development. This family makes tzatziki. Mum guides the children through reading a recipe, using cutlery, counting and measuring. There’s hands-on action as they stir, peel, scrape – and eat the yummy dip!


Cooking together: children making pancakes


The children in this video learn a lot as they cook together. One reads the recipe while the others measure and calculate ingredients. Cooking a simple recipe lets children work together to make decisions about food and gives them confidence as they experience kitchen success.

For more tips and ideas about how to make healthy food quick, easy and a fun part of family life, check out our videos on making healthy food quick and easy, healthy food choices, healthy eating and fresh food.

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