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Fresh food and children: videos

2-8 years

Getting children interested in fresh and healthy food often starts in the garden. Planting, growing and picking fresh herbs and vegies can get you all talking about where healthy food comes from and enjoying the fruits of your labour! Watch these three videos for more ideas.

Planting herbs at home


The children in this video used to be fussy eaters. They got more interested in new foods after they started growing and picking their own tomatoes. When children are involved in growing and preparing healthy and fresh food for family meals, they’re more likely to eat it.


Growing and choosing herbs for cooking


‘You can actually grow things that you use’, says a parent featured here. The children in this video learn to recognise herbs through sight and smell. With Dad, they decide which ones are good for dinner and pick them. It’s a great way to start a lifelong love for fresh food.


Where food comes from: talking with children


Children are more interested in eating healthy fresh food when they know where it’s come from. As the family in this video does its fresh food shopping, they stop to talk about where different fruits and vegies grow, and what it means when something is ‘in season’.

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 food and child development.

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