Throughout our programs at Smart Kids Development Center, nutrition is a vital element. We serve four nutritious meals each day during our day care and after school programs, all prepared in an on-site kitchen area.
Nutrition for kids means more than just feeding them the right things, though, and we also work hard to impart lessons and knowledge to children when it comes to the things they eat. Here are a few home methods you can use to help educate children on this vital life factor.
Try to bring your kids along when you go grocery shopping, and play one of a few games with them. You can use “Yay or Nay,” a simple game where you make them two sheets of paper – one with “Yay” (or yes) and the other with “Nay” (or no) written on it. As you pull out different foods or items at the store, as your child to give you a “Yay” or “Nay” for whether a certain food is healthy.
Other parents use the “where did I come from” game, a simple way to get kids engaged about the foods they’re eating. If they’re eating a tomato, for instance, as them where it came from, and give subtle clues until they figure it out. Even more modern parents might utilize computer games, which have become more popular.
There are hundreds of books out there tailored to childhood nutrition. The Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most well-known, but there are many others that help teach them food lessons while entertaining them at the same time. This is the sort of thing that encourages organic learning.
Finally, a phone-related activity that isn’t bad for kids! There are dozens of children’s nutrition apps, each of which is a great way to feed kids’ need for technology in a healthy and productive way. They offer fun, challenging lessons targeted directly at young minds.
When all else fails, get creative and go hands-on. You know your kids better than anyone, and you know what will get them to take and keep interest. Check your facts to make sure you have things right, and help create a bond with them through learning about nutrition.
For more on our nutritional practices and guidelines, or to learn about any of our child care programs, speak to the educators at Smart Kids Development Center today.