How I Use St. Patrick’s Day to Get My Kids To Eat Seaweed

how I use st. Pat's day seaweed

We started a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in my home daycare a few years ago, we do a GREEN FOOD taste test challenge activity.  I give them a bunch of sample size green foods (some healthy, some not) and they try each one.

We record (either as a group or individually) their preferences. Then we all eat more of the ones we liked! The children love this activity because it’s part of our green themed St. Patrick’s Day and the tone of the challenge is silly and fun.

I blogged about our Green Food Taste Challenge here. I explain the details so you can try it with your group.

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This year I’m adding seaweed to the list of green foods for my daycare group. Seaweed is high in vitamins A, C, and calcium. It’s also high in vitamin B-12 and is a good source of potassium, iron and magnesium.

It has a salty, delicious taste and is easy to pack as an on-the-go snack for kids. This is a win-win green food!


Here’s the brand my own two children enjoy.

plain squares

The seaweed comes in super thin wafer like squares. I would suggest cutting them up into smaller pieces when you first introduce them to your children. My family likes them cut up and sprinkled on a homemade pizza.

seaweed plate

May your Green Food Taste Challenge convince your daycare children that it’s okay to give seaweed a chance!