Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Potato Story bus is going home‏

I just wanted to let my readers know that the fantastic Potato Story Bus is on tour again. Last year great fun was had learning all about food provenance which inspired my son to make the above video.

What is the Potato Story?

Child psychologist Richard Woolfson believes understanding provenance and preparation is crucial in teaching children about healthy eating, "Lack of food knowledge and a misunderstanding of what constitutes 'healthy food' may have a serious impact on the eating habits of children. The Potato Story is a great way of teaching kids about healthy food and where it is from in a fun and interactive way. This will help them grow up with a good understanding of healthy eating."

The Potato Story details the journey a potato makes from a farmer's field to your fork in a fun and interactive way. It is a teaching resource which is fully aligned to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 (children 7-11 years of age). The Potato Story website includes fun learning games and resources and is supported by a fantastic purpose-designed bus which tours schools up and down the country.

How can I get involved at home?

The Potato Story site has loads of ideas for activities to do at home, which will help your child learn about plant growth and nutrition. For example, you can find advice on how to grow your own potatoes, or get your children cooking with fun and healthy potato based recipes. You could even pitch your knowledge against your child's by doing the multiple choice quiz games and comparing your scores!

A fantastic purpose designed bus 'The Potato Story Bus' supports the Potato story, so keep an eye out for it at your local school!

Now the McCain Potato Story bus is on its way home to Scarborough at the end of its sixth UK tour. The bus – a purpose-built, unbranded, double-decker bus, specifically created to help educate children about food provenance – will arrive in Scarborough, the home of McCain Foods, on Monday, 26th April 2010.

As you can see from the above photos, great fun was had. A word to McCain though - pleaaaase come to Wales! We have found the whole campaign in general really educating and think it's a great way to get kids involved in gardening and learning about food but I really want to be able to step on to that bus; it looks such fun! In honour of this campaign my son and I are going to be growing potatoes. So keep an eye on my blog for how we get on. I can only imagine how rewarding it must be to dig up your own potatoes. It will be lovely to try out some new potato recipes too!

The bus will be visiting the following schools:

Monday, 26th April – Cayton Community Primary School

Tuesday, 27th April – Seamer & Irton Community Primary School

Wednesday, 28th April – Barrowcliff Community Junior School

Thursday, 29th April – Lindhead School

Friday, 30th April – Barrowcliff Community Junior School

McCain says “As a local company we always particularly enjoy when our campaigns come to life in our home town. It’s great to give something back to the community by helping support schools teach children about the importance of understanding where their food comes from in a fun and interactive way.

To date the Potato Story has visited over 160 primary schools reaching over 21,000 pupils in the UK. Now, part of a wider campaign by McCain called ‘It’s all good’, The Potato Story forms part of the company’s wider philosophy “It’s all good”, which represents its commitment to good food by good people to fuel active lives.

If you aren't lucky enough to be in one of the regions that the Potato Bus is touring, then don't worry as you can go to