When it comes to getting kids to try new foods, lettuce is often a hard sell. Kids can be hesitant to try greens, and may not be interested in eating something that they perceive as being healthy. However, there are ways to get kids excited about trying new things – including lettuce! One great way to do this is through a lettuce sorting activity.
Sorting activities are a great way to help kids learn about new foods, and can be used to introduce them to the idea of trying something new. By doing a lettuce sort and sorting lettuce into different categories, kids can learn about the different types of lettuce and what makes them unique. This activity is a great way to not only get kids interested in a new vegetable, but also to help them learn about different colors, shapes, and textures.
A lettuce sort might seem like a simple activity, but it’s a great way to get kids engaged and excited about trying something new. Plus, it keeps them busy for a little while – which is always a plus!
What you will need
To do this activity, you will need:
- A variety of different types of lettuce (try to get at least 3-4 different kinds – a bag of mixed greens works great here!)
- Some bowls or containers for sorting
- A magnifying glass (optional)
How to do a lettuce sort
Begin by washing all of the lettuce. Once the lettuce is clean, dry it off and place it on a cutting board. You can cut or tear the lettuce into different-sized pieces. Or just grab a pre-washed bag of mixed greens.
Next, invite your child to start sorting the lettuce into different categories. They can sort by color, by type of lettuce, by size, or by any other category that they can think of. As they are sorting, encourage them to look at the different pieces of lettuce closely and to describe what they see and feel.
Learn more: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Lettuce
Classifying and sorting activities help kids develop a range of thinking skills and build foundational problem solving skills vital for math learning!
If they are done sorting before dinner is ready, ask them to count how many pieces are in each bowl or even line up each like piece, bar graph style!
Once the sorting is complete, invite your child to choose their favorite type of lettuce and try it! They may be surprised at how much they like it. If they’re not interested, that’s okay! Count the exposure as the win for the day.
This activity is a great way to get kids excited about trying new foods and can help them be more open to trying things that they may not have considered before. Give it a try with your kids today and let us know how it goes in the comments!