Healthy snacks and junk food activities for children Other: Women’s magazine January 2020
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As society is increasingly aware of the impact of junk food on human health, manufacturers are paying more attention to the way in which the unhealthy food products are packaged and marketed. Foods advertised as low in fat or high in calcium aren’t the best choice if they have high sugar or chemical additives, but kids wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if they didn’t know how to interpret nutritional labels. Use activities that teach the differences between healthy snacks and junk food to inform and encourage your child to make a good choice.
Help children remember different foods and ingredients they are looking for or stay away from with art activities that demonstrate their quality. Young children can benefit from the visual help of colors that "Stop" and "Go" represent. To integrate them, instruct teenagers to paint a large traffic light on the billboard. Help them fill the red light with junk food and ingredients, the green light with healthy snacks and ingredients, and the yellow light with food and ingredients to eat occasionally or in moderation. Older children like to paint mocking advertisements that promote or discourage certain snacks, or make collages from pictures and words cut from magazines.
Games that focus on the differences between healthy snacks and junk foods allow children to learn in a playful way how to choose nutritious foods. Write or draw pictures of various healthy snacks and junk foods on index cards. Sit down at a table with a bucket in the middle. This will be the "Garbage can" his. Everyone alternately draws from the deck of cards. Players should keep healthy food and dispose of junk food in the trash can. If a healthy snack is accidentally thrown away, another player can claim it. Once the cards are gone, determine the winner by finding out who has the healthiest snacks in their stack. If a player has an unhealthy snack in their stack, they lose one point. Make it a challenge for older children by adding tricky ingredients and assigning different points to the cards.
Food journals can help children keep track of the food choices they make and how different foods make them feel. Instruct children to write down every day they eat and drink by categorizing food according to food groups and labeling them as healthy or unhealthy. Encourage children to record how different foods feel during the day – for example, sluggish or energetic.
Put it into practice
Encourage children to practice healthy eating habits, such as taking a lunch break or shopping. Place different foods on the counter and ask the children to create a balanced lunch. Choose from the dishes you provide. Or compete in shopping and give the kid who chooses the healthiest snacks an extra healthy reward.
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