We come to the last province on our theme on Canada, Prince Edward Island. It is the smallest, the greenest and famous for its red soil. Agriculture is its largest industry and half of the land is dedicated to farming. To get personal to farm and animals, our children at Futurekids Daycare and Preschool, located in Coquitlam, visited the Queens Park Petting Zoo.
Today, the province grows a third of Canada’s potatoes. There is more to the humble potato than being a vegetable. One medium potato contains 45% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, 18% of your daily recommended intake of potassium, 4 grams of fibre and 4 grams of protein. In fact, you can eat only potatoes and still meet the basic protein need.
Our children enjoyed potatoes in so many different ways including a special Mr. Potato Head Gift for Mother’s Day!
Do you like blueberries, watermelon, apples or squash? Every food we eat comes to our table due to the help of our pollinators such as the Monarch butterflies, bees and many other insects. Therefore conservation of all our pollinators is very important. In 2012, environmentalists encouraged PEI residents to plan milkweed in their garden to boost the population of Monarch butterflies.
Our children at Futurekids Daycare and Preschool experienced the joy of raising a Monarch and were able to get a strong connection with nature that the teachers hope will lead to their development and future as conservationists.