Cooks Corner: Kiwi and Raspberry Flowers

Kiwi and Raspberry FlowersHere’s a delicious, healthy snack that children can make in a Head Start classroom or at home with their families.
Makes 4 servings


  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 4 raspberries or other small round fruit such as blueberries


  1. Cut the kiwi into ½-inch slices.
  2. Use a small flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut each kiwi slice.
  3. Top each kiwi slice with a raspberry.

Safety tip: An adult should slice ingredients.

Originally posted in “Brush Up on Oral Health May 2016.” 

Pinwheels for Prevention Coloring Sheet

Did someone help you have a great childhood when you were young – perhaps a parent, sibling, teacher or coach? Do you help children in your life today have a great childhood – your own kids, nephews or nieces, or maybe children you mentor or babysit?

Throughout April, celebrate the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel – the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.

Let’s begin the month with a fun family activity. Print the Pinwheel Coloring Page and spend some time coloring with children in your life.

Learn more about the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Four Great Reasons to Read to a Child Everyday

This post on the benefits of reading was originally shared as an email from The Gravely Group.

Parent reading with child

We all know reading to children is a good thing, but how familiar is your program with the specific advantages an Early Head Start or Head Start child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to children in your early learning program:

Basic speech skills:

Throughout Early Head Start and Head Start, children are learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read, you reinforce the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”, when a toddler pages through a book is a very important pre-literacy activity.

Better communication skills:

When you spend time reading toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books read, as well as the contact with you during story time, children gain valuable communication skills.

Mastery of language:

Early reading for infants and toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.

Academic excellence:

One of the primary benefits of reading to Early Head Start and Head Start children is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that children who are exposed to reading before Kindergarten are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
Books have the power to benefit Early Head Start and Head Start children in a myriad of ways. Reading to children is one of the most important things your program can do to prepare for a foundation for academic excellence.
As Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you will know, the more you will learn the more places you will go.”

About The Gravely Group

The Gravely Group is an experienced national consulting and training firm that provides innovative training and technical assistance for boards, staff and parents of Head Start agencies across the country. Our training also cover such topics as Board Training, Effective Meetings, ERSEA Training, Parent Engagement, and Program Governance. The Gravely Group can also customize your training needs to your specific Head Start agency or Board of Directors prerequisite.