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Food & Nutrition Activities for Kids

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Food & Nutrition Activities for Kids
Why Nutrition Education Matters
This is the perfect time to develop life-long healthy habits!

Help kids:
Feel good about what they're eating
Enjoy a variety of foods
Learn about different foods

Kids are eager to learn - get them involved!
How to Get Started

There are many ways to get your kids involved:
At the table
In the classroom
Cooking practice
In the garden
Away from the center

Start simple & build on what they already know!
Jenni Dreyer, RDN, CD
Community Nutrition Team
Department of Public Instruction

Agenda
Why food & nutrition activities are important
Activity ideas...
At the table
In the classroom
Cooking practice
In the garden
Away from the center
Questions & comments
Green
Round
Smooth
Crunchy
In the Classroom
What's on the Menu?
Eater Meter
Arts & Crafts
Games & Dancing
Fruit or Vegetable?
Books
Activity Time!
Build-Your-Own MyPlate
Pasta Art
Draw a Picture
Mystery Box
Where Food Comes From
Bread and Jam for Frances - Russell Hoban
D.W. the Picky Eater - Marc Brown
Eating the Alphabet - Lois Ehlert
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Growing Vegetable Soup - Lois Ehlert
I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato - Lauren Child
In the Night Kitchen - Maurice Sendak
Pancakes, Pancakes - Eric Carle
The Ugly Vegetables - Grace Lin
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
... and on and on and on!
Cooking with Kids
Let kids build their meals and snacks using:
Measuring cups and spoons
Scoops
Spatulas and spoons
Set up a play kitchen, water table or sand table
Let kids help!
Tear lettuce
Stir batter
Spread peanut butter
Assemble pizzas, parfaits, sandwiches, and salads
Find a place to plant: raised bed, container, small plot
Get the seeds & tools
Prepare the soil
Plant seeds or transplant plants
Water, weed & thin seedlings
Harvest
Eat & enjoy!
Gardening
Questions & Comments
Share!
What books have you read? Activities?
Thank You!
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Away From the Center
Farmers' Market
Zoo
Farm
Community Garden
Fruit Picking
check out the handouts!
Discuss!
Dance!
Felt Board Activities
Easy Hummus
Garbanzo beans (15 ounce can)
Peanut butter or tahini (4 tablespoons)
Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
Lemon (1)
Warm water (1/3 cup)
Garlic powder (1 teaspoon)

Large, heavy bowl
Potato masher

http://www.simplybeautifulmom.com
http://hellotofit.wordpress.com/
Build a Rainbow
http://chasingsupermom.com/
http://californiafoodliteracy.org/
http://gingers5kdailybread.blogspot.com/
http://artclubblog.com
kidsfoodfestival.com
imanshomeschool.wordpress.com
linewalls.com
www.americansweets.co.uk
www.examiner.com
www.berkshirefinearts.com
www.1888toys.com
nnyregionallocalfoods.com
www.childrensaidsociety.org
www.littlestepsasia.com
fantasticastoria.blogspot.com
Activity Time!
We Eat Tops & Bottoms!
Activity Time!
Use books to teach kids about...
Trying new foods:
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Bread and Jam for Frances - Russell Hoban
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato - Lauren Child
The Seven Silly Eaters - Mary Ann Hoberman

Different food groups:
Milk:
From Grass to Milk - Stacy Taus Bolstad
A Fairy in a Dairy - Lucy Nolan
Oliver's Milkshake - Vivian French
Grains:
The Little Red Hen - Various
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza - Philomen Sturges
Bread is for Eating - David and Phillis Gershator


Planting & gardening:
The Carrot Seed - Ruth Krauss
Growing Vegetable Soup - Lois Ehlert
From the Garden - Michael Dahl

Different cultures:
Handa's Surprise - Eileen Browne
The Ugly Vegetables - Grace Lin
Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip - Denia Lewis Hester
Field trips & cooking:
Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey
Apple Farmer Annie - Monica Wellington
Autumn is for Apples - Michelle Knudsen
At the Table
What's On the Plate?
MyPlate
Family-Style Dining
Fun Snacks
Theme Days
check out the handout!
http://primarylearninglogs.blogspot.com/
http://www.momtastic.com/
wallpic.biz
www.superhealthykids.com
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