Nutrition Education with Strawberries in American Indian Communities

First StrawberriesOne more post this month about strawberries! For those that are working in the field of nutrition education in American Indian communities, we recommend the book The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac.  The story is not only about how strawberries came to be but also a message of family, love, and forgiveness.

We have used this story often with pre-school aged kids.   It is easy to come up with a kid friendly snack using berries. One snack that received rave reviews was strawberry s’mores. Each child gets 2 graham cracker halves. Put a dollop of cool whip on one half and then let the children layer on some berries.   Use whatever berries are in season or on sale! Then put the second graham cracker half on top. Finally, enjoy!

With older youth (grades 3 and up), it is easy to take the storytelling piece a bit further.   One great activity is to read the story and then have the youth pick their favorite food and write a legend about it. They love to illustrate the story too. Sometimes it is more illustration than words but it is amazing to see where their creativity can take them.

If you have any other fun strawberry related nutrition education ideas, we’d love to hear them in the comments!

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