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Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater


 

10 FUN FACTS ABOUT PUMPKINS

kids on pumpkinsLike summer squash, the winter squashes–among them pumpkins–are identified by botanists as a fruit and by cooks as a vegetable. Technically, pumpkins are fruit–fleshy vessels that hold the seeds of the plant.

For our purposes, though–since we’re focused more on food than science here (not that they aren’t very closely related!)–and because in their raw state, pumpkins are more savory than sweet, we’re calling them veggies.

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Summer Squash vs. Winter Squash


 

A QUICK QUIZ ABOUT COUSINS: SUMMER & WINTER SQUASH

Summer SquashDo your kids know the ways that summer squash and winter squash are different? It’s not as easy as it sounds!

Here’s a fun quiz to see how well they (and you!) know your way around squash. The answers contain explanations and additional information.

QUESTIONS

1. Which picture shows summer squash and which shows winter squash?

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A Fruit Dessert that Kids Will Love


 

PEAR-PEACH-PINEAPPLE PUDDIN’: A KID-FRIENDLY RECIPE

Pear Pudding RecipeLate summer-early fall is a perfect time to find tree-ripened fruit at your local farmers market–should you be so lucky–or at your grocery store. This delicious, nutrient-rich dessert recipe, adapted from The Mayo Clinic Kids’ Cookbook (one of my favorite resources for family cooking), uses fresh pears, peaches, bananas, blueberries and grapes and canned pineapple. It’s simple enough that your child can put it together almost on his own.

Plus, it’s a great way to help your family get the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies a day, too!

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Once Upon a Pear: Color Me Curious!


 

A GIANT PEAR TO PONDER–AND COLOR

Giant PearToday’s coloring pages come from Ben Mann, my good friend and the illustrator for one of my picture books. No pears in Once Upon a Parsnip, though–unfortunately, since he paints pears so beautifully! Maybe the next book….

In fact, no story has been written about this giant pear–and surely there’s a story here!

Get out the crayons and ask some leading questions to help kids come up with a story for the painting: How did the pear grow so enormous? Who’s the guy in the hat and boots? What is he thinking? What do you think he’s going to do? What’s up with the ladder? What’s going to happen to the pear? To the man?

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Pair a Pear with Facts & Fun!


 

10+ FUN FACTS ABOUT PEARS (WITH 2 PEAR-FECT VIDEOS)

James Peale Pears & GrapesI didn’t expect to find so many interesting facts about pears–not to mention crazy videos. (Google “pear nursery rhymes” for even more.) This delicious, nutritious fruit has one of the longest recorded histories of any food, and may even have been eaten in prehistoric times.

Here’s a list of the facts I most enjoyed learning. I’ll bet your kids will have fun with them too–if for no other reason than showing off to their favorite grown up!

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