Fun Learning with Food

09 Jul 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Sometimes getting the smaller diners of the family to eat can be a struggle but with a bit of planning, it can be as easy as ABC

If you’re searching for ways to get little ones excited about learning, try combining fun and function, using food as your teaching tool. Foods that come in letter shapes are a great way to introduce young learners to the alphabet and make learning delightfully F-U-N.



Although it may contradict the popular mealtime mantra to “quit playing with your food,” teaching children to recognise letters using a familiar food, such as cereal, can actually be a great way to promote literacy and a love of reading early on.

You can get started promoting the joys of learning with the “snacktivities” and ABC Crispy Bars recipe below to make meal time as entertaining as it is educational for your littlest family members. Use a nutrient rich cereal, such as Post Alpha-Bits, so when letters start disappearing into those tiny tummies, you can feel good knowing each serving provides 12 of the essential vitamins and minerals growing kids need.

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Snacktivities

Family Tree

Draw a big tree with lots of branches on construction paper. After the tree is drawn, write out each family member’s name on the branches with colourful markers. Encourage your little ones to match the letters you have written with letters from the Alpha-Bits box. Let them glue the cereal pieces to the tree so you can display their works of art on the refrigerator.

Vowel Play

Give your little one a one-cup serving of Post Alpha-Bits and ask them to eat all of the consonants and leave only the vowels. They’ll learn their letters a little better and get 20 grams of whole grains along the way.

ABC Crispy Bar Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1 pack of miniature marshmallows
  • 8 cups Post Alpha-Bits Cereal
  • Alphabet-shaped cookie cutters

Method:

  1. Line 13-by-9-inch pan with foil and lightly grease.
  2. Microwave butter in large microwavable bowl on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows and mix well.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds.
  4. Stir in cereal.
  5. Press cereal mixture firmly into prepared pan. Cool.
  6. Using the alphabet-shaped cookie cutters, cut cereal mixture into 12-15 pieces.
  7. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

For more great recipes your family will love, visit postfoods.com


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