Do you struggle with getting your child to eat more fruits and vegetables? Is your child’s idea of eating green foods a green popsicle? How many times during a meal do you say “Just try it! You may like it.”? As a feeding therapist, time and time again the parents of my patients just wish their child would try a new fruit or vegetable. As we all know, kids don’t want to do something we WANT them to, but if they see their friend doing it then it must be good. Since children learn best from other children, Copy-Kids Media created a fun DVD focusing on healthy eating for kids.
My three-year-old, Xander, and I had the opportunity to review the Copy-Kids video, which is geared for children ages 6 months to 5 years. The video consists of 12 chapters, each one focusing on a different fruit or vegetable, including bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, broccoli, oranges, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. The opening menu screen shows a picture of each fruit or vegetable, so your child will become engaged in the video before it even starts. Xander loved picking from the pictured menu, exclaiming “Let’s try Strawberries!”. I was immediately excited that I could work on language learning before we started the video. We talked about the different fruit/vegetable categories, colors of the food, and sizes. I also asked Xander to point to the ones he loves and then to the ones he doesn’t like.
Each short video features several different children of varying ages from 18 months to 3 years. In addition, there is a short segment featuring well-known pediatrician, Dr. Jay Gordon. In the segment he shares his thoughts on childhood obesity and ways to encourage healthy eating for kids through powerful tools such as Copy-Kids. The video is filmed with no narration, so it’s just a child at a table eating a fruit or vegetable and talking. Each child is even introduced by another child, which is pretty adorable! The preschool children in the video have some pretty cute comments and reactions to the food on their plate. My favorite chapter was the broccoli segment. During one part of the video, one little girl picks up an entire huge stalk of raw broccoli and chomps right into it. As soon as Xander saw her enjoying the broccoli he shouted “I want to eat it!”. Isn’t that what every parent dreams of?
Since children learn better through visuals, the video is also a great way to teach language concepts about fruits and vegetables.
Fruit and Vegetable Language Learning
- Parts of the fruit/vegetable (peel, seeds, skin, core, stem)
- Adjectives (juicy, crunchy, soft/hard, slimy, wet, sour, stringy, sweet, big/little, round)
- Naming (for younger kids pointing to) fruits/vegetable on the main menu screen
- Question asking and answering (ex. What are they eating? What is your favorite fruit?”)
- Requests: all done, more
Needless to say the Copy-Kids DVD was a huge hit with Xander. He loved watching the kids eat the various fruits and vegetables. His favorite chapters were all the fruits. This came as no surprise, since he could live off fruit. My hope was that watching the video would encourage him to start eating vegetables again. Ever since turning three, he has been on a vegetable strike. So I was happy when tried a few bites of a green pepper at dinner the same night we watched the video.
After the second time we watched parts of the video, Xander asked to make his own Copy-Kids video at the breakfast table. I couldn’t resist his request! I let him choose what fruit he wanted to eat and then turned on the video camera.
The Copy-Kids DVD is available through the website and one lucky reader will receive their very own through my giveaway! This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, which runs until Sunday June 17th at 11:59 PM. The giveaway is open to residents in the USA and Canada only. The first entry is mandatory. Once you complete the question you have the option of entering several more times.
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