Henry and I have been asked to review the Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD by Copy-Kids.  This DVD is great for introducing your kids to fruits and vegetables as well as encouraging them to eat ones they normally don’t enjoy through the power of positive peer pressure.  It is designed for kids ages 6 months to 5 years and features kids enjoying fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, raspberries, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges and avocados.  Each segment is 6-8 minutes long, so it’s perfect for young kids with short attention spans.

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The premise behind Copy-Kids is that kids like to mimic other children.  Even through video, kids become more interested in doing something that they watch other kids doing.  The kids in the video are completely unscripted, which I think adds to the charm and entertainment value of the series.  Henry can tell that these kids are genuine in their desire to eat fruits and vegetables.  There wasn’t any upbeat music or entertaining cartoon character to keep his interest, yet he was engaged and entertained by the video.  A few times, I even found him laughing at what the kids were doing.

Even with a child who loves to eat, I have trouble getting Henry to eat all of his vegetables.  Green vegetables seem to be our biggest issue, with particular distaste toward avocados.  I was very curious to see how he would react toward the Copy-Kids DVD because one of the segments is on avocados.  There are also segments on raw bell peppers and cucumbers, which I hadn’t even considered feeding him.  To my delight, Henry ate all of the fruits and vegetables I gave him (including avocados) while watching the Copy-Kids DVD.  He also seemed to be genuinely entertained by the children, but who wouldn’t be?  Kids are so cute when they’re unscripted.

toddler eating vegetables

I broke the DVD down into two sessions: vegetables and fruits.  The vegetable segments are bell pepper, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado.  The only thing I didn’t have on hand was broccoli, but I made Henry a plate with a sampling of everything else.  He loved the bell peppers and tomatoes.  I had to cut up the carrots into smaller pieces because they were too hard.  As I figured, I had the most trouble getting him to eat the avocado and cucumbers.  Once I gave him some dressing to dip them in, he ate those as well.  I was amazed.  I’ve never gotten him to eat any avocados before.

toddler eating fruit

Next up was the fruit.  I really didn’t expect much resistance here because the kid loves fruit.  I gave him bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries and raspberries.  The only thing I was missing from the DVD was blueberries.  He ended up eating 3 whole oranges.  He actually went into the kitchen, pulled the bag down off the counter and tried to bite through the peal.  He’s a goof.

The only thing I didn’t like about the segments was the lack of an “auto-play” feature.  Every time a segment ended, I had to scroll to the next segment (it didn’t bookmark where we left off either) and play the next segment.  It would have been nice to have an option to let all of the segments play one after another, like chapters of a DVD movie.  The good news is there aren’t a lot of chapters, and they’re pretty easy to navigate.

Once we finished the segments, we took a few minutes to watch the interview with pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon and the kids’ outtakes.  The interview was very informative and included some important information about child nutrition.  He made a very good point about how organic fruits and vegetables are preferred, but commercially grown fruits and vegetables are better than no fruits and vegetables.  I also liked how he suggested introducing fruits and vegetables to kids.  The only thing I didn’t like were how the questions were presented.  Rather than having an interviewer asking Dr. Gordon the questions, the questions flashed up on the screen so I had to read them.  It’s difficult to sit in front of a television and read questions when you have a toddler running around.

The kids’ outtakes were great.  I particularly liked the little boy who left to get his ukulele so he could sing a song for all the people.   At the end of the outtakes, the same boy put his peppers in the freezer and got out a carton of ice cream.  I laughed out loud.

Overall, I think this DVD is a great tool, especially if you have a little one who does not like to eat a particular fruit and/or vegetable.  It is presented in a positive manner that really gets results. b       b

Would you like to win a copy of the Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD?  The giveaway goes LIVE at midnight and runs until 12:01am Friday, July 6, 2012.

Disclaimer: I was provided with one DVD by Copy-Kids for the purposes of writing this review. One DVD is also being provided by Copy-Kids for use as a giveaway item.  The views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.