None of the parents in this world wouldn’t want the gift of health for their kids?
Nevertheless, making children eat nutritious foods can be a herculean task to most of the parents. Kids seem to have an innate aversion to anything that is healthy.
Children get bored having the same kind of food day after day. Get creative with foods. Involve your kids in some interesting food activities, and they may never say no to a bowl of veggie or a glass of milk again.
Four Interesting Food Activities For Kids
Kids’ Cooking Party
Assist your kids to host their own party. Only, this is a party with a twist. You can let your kids invite their friends, but make sure the number of invitees are not more than five. Have your kids prepare the food for the party with your help. Have a maximum of two recipes; otherwise, you might get exhausted trying to keep up with kids.
A veggie sandwich or a burger with a smoothie can be an excellent option. Help the children make their own burger by asking them to include a lot of veggies in it. Kids would love the idea of cooking for themselves. Hence, you might find them emptying the plate and asking for more.
Little Scientist’s Experiments
Encourage your child to don the role of a food scientist. Explain to your kid about a nutrient, say fat. Tell them about its role and the amount that could be consumed. You will need some food samples, a brown paper and a toothpick for this activity. Use foods like milk, chicken, vegetables, fruits, candy, pastry, butter.
Now, draw a circle for each of the food on the brown paper. Take a tooth pick, rub it on each of the food, and smear it on its corresponding circle on the paper. Wait for 5-10 minutes. Hold the paper containing the grease spots to light, and ask your little scientist to identify the foods with large spots.
Match The Foods
Help your child get acquainted with the food pyramid. Draw out a large food pyramid in a chart, or take a print out of the pyramid from internet. Teach your kid about the various food groups in a pyramid.
Explain the details regarding the quantity prescribed for each food group. For example, tell them sugar should be used sparingly, but vegetables and grains can be had in large quantities.
Arrange food samples of each type of food group in a bowl, and ask your child to match them to the ones in the pyramid. Take your kid to a departmental store, and ask him/her where they would place a particular food in the pyramid. This activity can educate you child about the importance of having nutritious food.
This is an interesting activity to keep your kid hooked for hours. Ask your child to draw with food. Instead of paper, give a dosa or chapati as a base. Supply him/her with tomato sauce, jams, boiled eggs, cut fruits and vegetables.
Let the creative mind of your child roll. Shower your children with generous appreciation about their art work. Take photos of their art work, and encourage your child to eat their artistic snack.
You can build on these food activities, or you can come up with a new set of them. The essence of these activities is to make your kids learn while having fun. You will be surprised to see your children get completely involved, and even identify with the concepts of nutrition and health.