Located in Kemptville, just south of Ottawa, Canada, Eat, Grow, Play Nature Camp and Before and After School Program was created to expose children to the benefits of a strong connection to nature. Along with developing an understanding of how their food is grown, children will also learn the secret to unlocking the delicious flavours in food is through creativity in the kitchen.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after summer.
~ Rachel Carson
The focus in this kitchen is on the flavour, colour and texture of foods. There is no discussion of nutrients, calories or the health claims of food because all of that is lost on children and sometimes can work against well intentioned adults who just want their children to try new foods. There is also no pressure in this kitchen. Children are encouraged through positive reinforcement to try new foods.
If they choose not to try new foods that choice will always be theirs to make. All foods offered are ultimately healthy, fresh and made from whole food ingredients so whatever they choose to eat will benefit their growing bodies.
When children are involved in growing their own food they are much more likely to value that food and therefore try it. The Eat, Grow, Play Nature Camp offers an immersion program bringing children daily into the 1800 square foot onsight veggie garden. Children will lend a hand with daily garden chores while learning the basics of how to grow food. It’s always exciting to watch children selecting the foods that will become part of their lunch that day.
All children love to pick food. Every time they pick foods they are developing a relationship with their food. This generates an appreciation for nature and a realization that our life source comes from this earth.
important as it provides immediate health benefits for children.
In this ever wired world where information is coming at children at an alarming rate, being in nature helps children to decompress, relax and reintegrate with their bodies natural rhythm. Equally important, frequent exposure to nature allows children to develop an understanding an appreciation for the beauty and power of nature.
The more children are in nature the more they will work to protect nature. In order to make getting back into nature fun and exciting for children, the Eat, Grow, Play program incorporates art projects that come from nature. Children will literally use the beauty of nature to unleash their creative potential. By playing in nature your children will come home to you less stressed from their busy days at school.