If you’re looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day class party idea, here’s one that’s especially fun for preschool or young grade school children: Have a “Red Tasting Party” with fruits and veggies in all shades of scarlet.
Set out a buffet of red (and even pink) fruits and veggies like the ones above. More ideas:
- Pomegranate seeds
- Red apples
- Pink grapefruit
- Blood oranges
- Red onion
- Dried or fresh cranberries
- Dried or fresh cherries
- Red pears
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Give everyone a fun Valentine plate and have kids get their samples using toothpicks or tongs–or have grown-ups distribute the fruits and veggies. You can taste things one by one as a class and talk about flavor, texture, aroma, and color. You could give it an educational spin too. When I’ve done tastings with preschoolers and kindergarteners, we’ve had fun making a big chart together and having each kid graph their favorite.
And chances are, someone’s going to taste a food they’ve never had before–or try something again they didn’t think they liked. Seeing your peers tasting new foods is a powerful and positive influence.
So if you’re looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day class party idea that’s fun and outside-the-box, give this a try!
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