Nature Study: Vegetables

Have you ever really looked at the veggies that you eat every day? They really are things of wonder. You can find vegetables in every color of the rainbow. They are full of nutrients that strengthen and nourish your body when you eat them. And, they are pretty tasty too!

Use this month to explore the produce in your fridge or garden. Ask questions about it, and do some research to find yourself some answers.

This month, let’s pay attention to all of the vegetables that are coming out of gardens. Talk about them with your kids. Cook them up and enjoy! Here are some things to notice or research about the different vegetables in your kitchen:

  • What’s the vegetable called?
  • What color is it? Are other colors available?
  • What does it smell like?
  • What does it taste like? Raw? Cooked?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What kind of plant does it come from?
  • What can you cook with it?

Don’t forget to draw the different vegetables into your nature journal.

Here are the Vegetables we plan to explore this month. While these images aren’t links, we’re putting them here so that you know what to pick up at the store if you don’t have a garden this year.

Onions and Garlic
Green Beans
Tomatoes
Peppers (of all kinds)
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Summer Squash (and Zucchini)
Cabbage
Corn
Carrots
Okra