Learning about wheat and nutrition can be fun for all ages! Wheat is the most widely used grain in all the world. Did you know that at one time in our history, wheat was even used as money! Wheat and other grains provide energy for our bodies and fiber for our digestive systems.
In Oregon, the type of wheat our farmers grow makes the best cakes, pastries, donuts, cookies, muffins and other baked goods. About 90% of Oregon wheat is exported, much to Japan and other Asian countries for special foods like ramen noodles and steam breads.
We invite you to explore the following puzzles, mazes and coloring pages. We’ve also provided links to more fun websites (totally safe, Mom and Dad!).
Printable puzzles and mazes:
Oregon Wheat Crossword Puzzle
Don’t Grain on my Parade Word Search Puzzle
Printable Coloring Pages:
www.homebaking.org – “Providing tools and knowledge to perpetuate generations of home bakers”. Order ‘Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts’ is a beautifully illustrated childrens’ book/cookbook combined and great for teaching kids to bake. Available from homebaking.org
Wheat Foods Council – here you’ll find a wealth of recipes, classroom resources, and get the latest science based information on wheat foods. Kernel of Wheat Flyer – A colored diagram showing the parts of a wheat kernel: the bran, germ and endosperm. Explains the difference between whole and enriched grain foods and their importance in a healthy diet. It features MyPlate information. Download now. NEW! Sprouting Up tool kit – recipes and fun activities for kids.
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation – providing support for educators who desire to include agriculture in the his/her classroom for 3rd -4th grades.
ChooseMyPlate.gov – kids’ pages: This site is a wealth of information for parents of small children, as well as for adults!
- For children over 5 (age 6-11): http://www.choosemyplate.gov/children-over-five.html
- And preschoolers (age 2-5): http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers.html
http://www.ndwheat.com/consumers/default.asp?ID=474 – activities and nutrition information
Photo credit: child in wheat field by Kathryn McCullough, kathymccullough.photodeck.com