Posted on | July 10, 2012 | No Comments
Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables is a cute and clever video designed to encourage kids to eat more fruits and veggies. The simple DVD is broken up into simple sections that show children munching on fresh produce. The video is made up of 12 seven-minute sections, one for each of six vegetables and six fruits. The DVD also features a discussion with pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon and a section of outtakes.
Honestly, the Copy-Kids DVD didn’t strike me as anything exceptional at first – But it wasn’t designed for me! Sebastian happily watched it, and has requested it several times since. He excitedly points out the foods he knows, and always asks to watch the sections for his favorite foods. I oblige him each time he asks to see tomatoes, but also put on the vegetables he likes less and eats less often. We admittedly haven’t watched any of the fruit sections yet, as Sebastian readily gobbles up any and all fruit you place in front of him.
The idea of kids watching kids is a pretty genius one, as children love to emulate each other. (Just watch how quickly your little kids will pick up unsafe behavior from the older kids at the park!) As Sebastian gets older, he is less interested in trying new foods. I know that it’s developmentally normal, but I will admit that it’s still very frustrating, especially when I work hard to prepare a healthy meal and he won’t even try it. I’m not above bribery to get that first bite in. We also have books with pictures of vegetables, which we keep on the dinner table. Familiarity is key, which I think is the main reason the DVD works so well.
Part of it may be just getting older, as Sebastian is interested in different produce in the store and has different tastes in general, but I would definitely say that this video has helped pique his interest in vegetables. Toddlers tend to avoid any new foods, so just making it accessible and getting them to take that first bite is often the entire battle. Of course you play the biggest role – Making sure your kids see you enjoying your own fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for them.
The Copy-Kids DVD is pretty perfect in its simplicity, but I did have a couple of criticisms. Firstly, the sections announce the names of each child but not the name of the food the child is eating. This seems like an oversight to me, as I want Sebastian to form a positive association with the word as well. Vegetables especially aren’t always served in their whole, raw form. It’s important that he recognizes the vegetable’s name when I tell him, “This has carrots in it!” I also kind of wish that the video showed vegetables cut and prepared in various ways, but I understand why they kept it simple.
The only other minor thing is that I wish there was a “Play All” button, just to make things easier. 7 minutes go by quickly, and we always watch more than one section before shutting off the video.
Overall, we are very happy with Copy-Kids and will be sure to hold onto it for future little ones as well.
You can buy the Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD through their website for $19.95. Shipping is free within the U.S.