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Title:Nibble with Willow
Pub. date: 2013 (original 2011)
Edition: 2nd
Includes: Curriculum including posters, recipe cards, staff training (distance learning and hands on), program evaluation, and traning tools.
Audience: Parents, Children, Preschool
Language: English, Spanish (recipes only)
Description:This cooking (snack preparation) and nutrition education program introduces young children to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors through the lovable bunny puppet character, Willow. This gentle bunny loves her fruits and veggies, and is never as happy as when she can engage the children she meets to learn all about them. Willow's props and teaching tools - a magical garden apron, felt pieces depicting seasonal references and foods that pop out of the apron, and exquisite fruit and veggie posters depicting how each one grows make the program engaging and invite their exploration. The program is very tactile, using large magnifying glasses for children to explore raw fruits and vegetables and connect with them with a deep familiarity, to make them appealing and appetizing!

Children track their daily progress of the different fruits and vegetables they taste and try by color. Available in versions for WIC Centers or Preschools.

The program is structured to support all five preschool learning domains: cognitive, language, motor skills, social/emotional, and adoptive.

Funding Source: FamilyCook Productions; American Heart Association; grant from Tropicana & Dole Juices
Details
Developer: Lynn Fredericks & Mercedes Sanchez MS. RD, FamilyCook Productions;
Editors: Beth Hartell, MS, Peartree Nutrition & Alissa Wilson, PhD, MPH, RD, Pepsi Co and Janene Ping, Hawthorne Valley Farm School
Length: 12 lessons, approximately 20 minutes each
Pilot Testing: Pilot study in WIC center in Ewing, NJ was conducted in 2010-2011 and is currently in the process of being published by the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: This curriculum has 12 monthly lessons that focus on different seasonal fruits or vegetables. Lessons aim to increase children’s acceptance with unfamiliar foods by introducing them to a new fruit or vegetable and engaging them in a tactile way. Children take home easy recipes to their parents to help support efforts to cook the healthy fruits and vegetables that children explore in the classroom. Lessons are taught using puppetry, props, posters, and other fun teaching tools.

Different versions are available for WIC clinics and Preschools/Head Start. The preschool version is the same as WIC curriculum with additional recipes strategies and ingredients to allow for weekly lessons.

To use this program, sites must first purchase a license. Visit the licensing page to understand what the purchase of a license includes and licensing requirements.

Willow also requires that at least two instructors from each site complete a 3-part training certification before conducting the program. While two parts of the training can be completed remotely, a one-hour, hands-on knife skills session with fresh vegetables requires trainees to be present at their site for a chef who will come to teach all site staff being trained. If a trained nutrition professional completes the training, the two instructor requirement is waved.

Availability
View/download files: 
Williow Introductory Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BHi1CkMwmo
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: FamilyCook Productions
    Mail: 330 East 43rd Street, Ste. 704
New York, NY 10017
    E-mail: info@familycookproductions.com
    Order URL:http://www.familycookproductions.com/programs/preschool
    Cost: 400.00 per license
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:n/a

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