Oliver's Vegetables

CONCEPT: Discovering Vegetables



Read a story about a boy who trys new vegetables from his Grandpa's garden and likes them! Discuss different vegetables with the children...best of all they are "YES" foods!



After completing this activity, children will be able to:

  • identify different types of vegetables
  • describe why different vegetables are important



  1. Read the story Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French.
  2. Lead a discussion , asking questions such as:
    • What kind of vegetables grew in Grandpa's garden?
    • Which of those vegetables would you try?
    • What is your favorite vegetable?
    • Are vegetables "yes" foods or "no" foods?
    • Are potatoes a vegetable?
    • Should you only eat potatoes? Why? Discuss the importance of eating a variety of vegetables.
  3. Distribute the worksheet. Help the children complete the activity, as needed. Discuss the answers.



  • Book: Oliver's Vegetables by Vivan French. Published by Orchard Books, 1995. ISBN: 0-531-09462-6.
  • acrobat reader logo Worksheet
  • Pencil or crayons



If you have a garden, encourage your child to plant his/her own section and take some of the responsibility for its care. Indoor pots and planters work well for those people who don't have gardens. This experience will allow your child to see the entire process of plant growth from seed to sprout to a mature vegetable. They will probably be more excited to try these new vegetables too!



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