We had something happen in class recently that, although unusual for an art class, had all parents thrilled: their children demanded to eat broccoli!
As we do each session, our classes (even for the youngest students) follow a theme. In a recent session, our focus was on colors, and one week we featured green. Our classroom was full of examples of different materials using the color green: green play dough, green paint at the easels, green slime at the messy table. The project table had a special green project: green broccoli dipped in green paint to stamp on green paper.
We like to incorporate a vegetable or fruit stamping project into our curriculum most seasons for our youngest students. This is a fun way for students to create some art out of unusual objects, and the broccoli was perfect for this.
Not only did the students enjoy stamping with the broccoli, they were curious about its taste. We provided some clean, non-paint covered broccoli and they all tried it. Even better, most of them liked it and wanted more! Since it proved to be so popular, we did it with all sections of our Monet class, and have now added it to the lesson plan.
We love how the children were inspired to try broccoli after using it to create art. It perfectly ties into our Artist Harvest sculpture project’s mission: using art to stimulate a love of healthy eating in children.