A slice of pizza, a ham sandwich and an apple are ordinary things that parents pack in their kids' lunches everyday. But did you know your kids can learn about history and science from the foods in their lunch boxes?

Author Claire Eamer says the learning comes from being curious and asking questions. Eamer is an award-winning kid's book author based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her latest book is The World In Your Lunch Box:  The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods, which was illustrated by Sa Boothroyd.

I caught up with Claire Eamer on a recent visit to Toronto. She told me about her favourite author, her science book recommendation for young kids, and her reading-time tip for parents.

In this video, Claire Eamer explains the history and science in an ordinary ham sandwich:




TVOKids.com has games that will spark an interest in learning more about food and science:

The TVOParents Book Club has more on history and science books: