fun facts

Water-Licious Watermelon


 

10 FUN FACTS ABOUT WATERMELON

Watermelon Kid

What’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than a slice of juicy watermelon? Yum!

Here’s a list of fun facts about watermelon to share with your kids:

1. Watermelon is well named–it’s 92% water!

2. This watery fruit is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. (The desert would be a good place to stumble across a watermelon, no?)

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“Wild” Broccoli? No Such Thing.


 

12 FUN FACTS ABOUT BROCCOLI

Blooming Broccoli

Broccoli? Fun? Are you wondering if I’m maybe a little crazy?

Here’s the deal: 90% of getting kids to try a new food is getting them ready to try it. “Selling” it to them. Making it “cool.” Making it fun! Plopping a pile of overdone broccoli on a plate and saying, “Eat it, it’s good for you” usually doesn’t do the job.

Check out these fun (and surprising) facts about broccoli with your kids.

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The Coconut Craze


 

10 FUN FACTS ABOUT COCONUTS

Vintage Medicinal Plant Illustration, Franz Eugen KohlerIf there’s one thing I’ve learned about kids, it’s that kids love to learn—especially if what they’re learning is quirky and fun! Try out these fun facts about coconut on your kids:

1. Coconuts are not a nut; they are a fruit, related to peaches and plums because, like those fruits (called “drupes”), they have a single seed at their center.

2. The word coconut comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word coco, which means “grinning face” or “skull.” It was named by 16th century sailors who thought the coconut shell looked like the face of a monkey!

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