A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~George Santayana
George makes a point! If we truly want our children to understand nutrition, it’s important to make sure we are talking about it home. It just so happens that games are a great way to teach your kids about better nutrition. You can even make a family event out of it!
We are what we eat, and the earlier we teach that lesson, the better! In a study reported in the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that kids consumed up to 120 percent more empty calories than appropriate for their body’s needs and under-consumed up to 20 percent of nutrient-essential foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Carole Carson—dubbed “An Apostle for Fitness” by The Wall Street Journal and author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction—says we have to make learning fun if we want to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. To that end, here are a few interactive nutrition games to pass along to the youngsters in your life! ~Fit Bottomed Mamas
You can make learning about healthy food choices a game with Go! Slow! Whoa! Nutrition Game iMOM’s Food Pyramid can also help your children understand the importance of nourishing food and exercise.
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If your family is more of the crafty type, you will want to check out this project…
You will need:
The food group mobile template printed onto thin card, a paper plate or disc of strong card, felt pens or crayons, scissors, thread, wool or ribbon, sticky tape, a glue stick and a hole punch. ~Read More Here
If you have to go grocery shopping, you might as well make a nutrition game out of it!
Because my kids are typically with me if they aren’t in school, and they’re grabbing everything in sight to throw into the grocery cart so they can eat it later or they’re just plain bored with the whole groceryshopping routine. Or am I the only mom who experiences this???
Well, hopefully I’ve got just the thing that will help your kids (and mine!!!) have fun, stay on track and maybe even learn a few things while we’re strolling down the grocery store aisles!
What about a little game of Grocery Store BINGO?
Several years ago, my oldest son was at the beginning of his first picky eater phase. Hoping to make dinner time more enjoyable, I asked a parent educator to share her favorite survival tips. One of the simplest suggestions she mentioned was the one that helped my son the most: she taught children to call healthy food “strong” and junk food “weak”. By using words that explained how the foods would make them feel when they were finished eating, kids were motivated to eat healthier…
Which one will your family love?