Activity 1: Critters Who Compost

What other kind of insects lend themselves to the composting process?

Step 1: Go outside to your backyard, your nearest park, or any other green space you can find.

Step 2: Look for the following insects who assist in the composting process: Rollie Pollies, White worms, Ants, Centipedes, Fruit flies, Snails, Slugs, Springtails

If you aren’t familiar with any of these insects, feel free to look them up for a visual!

Step 3: Once you have made note of each of these insects that you found, return home or to your local library and research how each of the insects that you found contributes to the composting process. Are you surprised at what you found?

For younger kids: Ask for parental assistance when researching your insects.

For older kids: Get dirty! Look under rocks, dig in the soil, ask your local composter for a scoop of compost and  see what’s in there!

Helpful Links:

Take a look at this list of insects that live in New York City to help you with your identification 

Activity 2: What’s for dinner?

What’s healthy on your plate?

Materials:
– Sheet of paper
– Pen or pencill

Step 1: Next time you are making dinner at home, take note of all of your ingredients before you get started cooking. Make a list of all of the ingredients you are using.

Step 2: Look over your ingredients and start thinking about how healthy they are. Which of these foods have had a short path from earth to table? The shorter the path, the better the food tends to be for you body. How colorful is your food? The more colorful the food is, the healthier it tends to be.

Step 3: Arrange your ingredients from what you think is healthiest to not as much so. Make sure you get your parent’s help!

Step 4: Now recall your red wriggler worms in class. Which of these ingredients would your worms like to eat? Maybe they would only like to eat the paper your fish came in, your vegetables, or the coffee that your parent has after dinner. Maybe they wouldn’t like any of it! How does healthy food for you compare to healthy food for your worms?

For younger kids: Look up the new Choose My Plate recommendations! Does your dinner line up with the recommended parts?

Helpful Links: 

People from different countries eat differently, here you can find the child nutrition recommendations in Australia. Are their diets different from ours?

Activity 3: Yummy Color Wheel

Why do we find so much color in healthy foods?

A color wheel is a way to organize objects (like fruit and vegetables) according to their color, putting them in a certain order, and arranging them in a circle. The order of the colors is greenbluepurpleredorangeyellow.  In the next day of the program, Day 5, the students will learn that each color of fruit gives us a different nutrient or vitamin.

Step 1: Go to your nearest community garden. If you don’t have one near by, ask a neighbor with a garden in their window, a rooftop garden, or in winter, the produce section of a farmers’ market or grocery store.

Step 2: Walk through the garden or farmers market and make a list of all the fruits and vegetables that are growing.

Step 3: Go home and draw each of the fruits and vegetables that you saw on a small piece of paper. Make sure you use color!

Step 4: Arrange your foods so they are in a color wheel. Are there any colors missing in your color wheel? Fill in your color wheel by drawing a vegetable or fruit that corresponds with the appropriate color. Now tape all your colors together and hang up your new healthy color wheel!

For older kids: Once you have your color wheel completed, try to match which colors give you which vitamins and what important things they do for your body.

Helpful links:

Looking for a garden in New York, or maybe a farmers market?

This is what a Color wheel of fruits and vegetables looks like!

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