I love Easter, and don't worry- even as a certified nutritional counselor I give my kids chocolate bunnies and goodies in their basket.
It happens to be good luck that we created a bunny character for the second book in the Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow series, as this seems to help the book's sales around Easter time.
The book teaches that healthy colors of the rainbow come from plants.
I am teaching many lessons at schools this month where I first read the rainbow books, give the kids the opportunity to color in the characters from the website Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow, and then I come back and plant seeds with the kids so that they can grow their own edible plants.
One of the favorite things I do with schools is a Rainbow Day, a great way to highlight the importance of eating fruits and veggies of all colors.
Want to put on a Rainbow Day at your school? Here are some resources to get you started:
- Why eating a Rainbow is important for your health.
- A fun presentation for kids in the class (includes a game, Fruit, Veggie, or Wanna Be!): Eat_A_Rainbow_Presentation.ppt (Read-Only)
- A video of the Fruit, Veggie, Wanna Be! lesson being taught:
- A fun song by Color Me Healthy about eating the colors of the rainbow
Here are some more resources on eating fruits and veggies:
- Lesson: Fruits and Veggies
- Fruits and Veggies Parent Handout
- Lesson: Fitting in More Fruits and Veggies
- Fitting in More Fruits and Veggies Parent Handout
- Fruit and Veggie Challenge
- Calculating Fruit and Veggie consumption
- Lesson: Eat a Rainbow
- Eat a Rainbow Parent Handout
- Rainbow Riddles
- The Lunchbox.org’s Rainbow Day packet. Great for school administrators and Food Service Professionals on how to plan a Rainbow Day.
- Today I ate a Rainbow’s resources, including kids, songs, stickers and more!
- Cando’s Eat More Fruits and Veggies parent handout
- Jamie Oliver Foundation’s Learn Your Fruits and Vegetables program.
For a really engaging Rainbow Day, we suggest assigning each grade a color and making that grade the “ambassadors” of that color. It is great for the students to learn about the fruits and veggies of their assigned color. When Nurture visited Kindergarten, assigned white, we brought cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, jicama, and radishes.
Nurture visited the Dual Immersion (Spanish language classes) on Rainbow Day. Here are some resources we used: