March 8, 2012
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March is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month. Here is a simple and fun activity to help remind the kids that eating healthy is fun, engaging and rewarding.
My two-year-old and my fabulous mother put together Kylie's food chart that hangs proudly in our kitchen. It's a game because Kylie enjoys finding what she has just eaten on the chart and rewarding herself with a sticker. NOTE: there is not a junk food category.
Large poster board, and some white computer paper
Old food magazines, weekly store ads or product packaging
Glue, scissors, pens and stickers
Have the kids select and rip or cut out photos of healthy foods they enjoy (or healthy foods they haven't tried but think they would enjoy)!
Categorize food groups on the poster board (on ours we realize Nuts are a protein but thought it could stand alone).
Attach photos in each category.
Use a sheet of white paper under each food category on which to place the reward stickers. Once the paper is filled with stickers, replace the white paper and not the whole poster.
After meals have your child put a sticker by the healthy foods they have just enjoyed.
As your child finds pictures of new foods over time, add them to the poster, encouraging them to figure out which category they belong in.
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