Activity 1: Vitamins for Energy

How do fruits and vegetables of different colors of the rainbow help our different body parts?

In this activity students will get to explore fruits and vegetables of different colors and learn about how each color supports a different function or part of our body.

Materials:
– Several sheets of paper cut in 8 pieces each
– A poster or a big sheet of paper about 20 inches long
– Color pencils, markers, or crayons

Step 1: On the poster or big paper sheet, make an outline of a person (it doesn’t need to be very accurate or detailed), and include the brain, heart, eyes, stomach, and some bones in your drawing.   

Step 2: Using the color pencils, markers, or crayons, draw a different fruit or vegetable in each piece of paper. Do as many cards as you can, and include every color of the rainbow. 

Step 3: On Day 5, the students learned that each color benefits a different part of the body. Place each card over the part of the body that matches. Here is a list in case you need to review it:

Red helps you heart
Green helps your skin and bones
Purple helps your brain 
Orange helps your eyes
Yellow helps your digestive system

Scaffolding: Before asking your kid to put the card on the appropriate place of the poster, have them pat or touch the part of the body that it matches. This will help them remember better.

Enrichment: What makes all fruits and vegetables of one color good for a particular part of your body? What do they all have in common? Go online and look for the answer! Write down on the poster, in the right place, which mineral, nutrient, or vitamin, correspond to each part of the body.

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Activity 2: Saving Pepper Seeds

How can you save pepper seeds?

In this activity students will learn why seed saving is important and how seed saving helps us to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Students will also learn the proper way to save their seeds so that they can use them during the next planting season to have their own pepper plants

Materials:
– Ripe peppers (can be red, orange, or green)
– Glass or bowl filled with water
– Knife

Step 1: With a knife, cut the pepper in half. Carefully, remove the seeds from the central stem, taking as little from the rest of the pepper as possible.

Step 2: Put the seeds in an empty glass or bowl filled with water. Let it sit for an hour.

Step 3: Some of the seeds will sink to the bottom of the glass, and some will float to the surface. The ones that sink are the good seeds! Take the out of the water and put them on a paper towel to let them dry. Now you have seeds you can use in the next planting season!

For younger kids: On Day 5, the kids learned that it is important to have fruits and vegetables for all the colors of the rainbow in our plates, and that each color helps a different part of our body. Red ones are good for our hearts, orange ones are good for our eyes, and green one are good for our skin and bones. Have your kid draw a person on a sheet of paper, and add different colors of peppers to the body part they help.

For older kids: The next step is to plant your seeds! Follow this easy guide to grow your own bell pepper plants.

Helpful Links:

If you want to take the next step, here’s the guide on how to grow bell peppers 

Here you can find other coloring activities related to peppers, ideal for younger kids

 

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