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Role playing can help children to integrate facts, ideas and behaviors into their daily lives. With simple, inexpensive fabrics and materials (which are accessible to teachers and families), kids can play -- building salads, creating "recipes" -- while starting a dialog about healthy cooking and eating.

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These images are taken from the "kitchen" and "market" play areas at a discovery museum. All kids, all colors, all sizes, all ages loved these activities.


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Was this picture taken at the Children's Museum of Phoenix in their "Texture Cafe"? I watched this play first hand in the museum and children were so engaged and creative. The open-endedness of the materials enabled children to pretend their "food" was anything that was familiar to them. It was very culturally appropriate since the fabric could represent the foods prepared in their own home.

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