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Kids Play Three Ways in May

By Jane Johnson, May 6, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jane Johnson

Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better — and enjoy it! Visit their website for information on how they support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.

Whole Kids Foundation has new kids’ activities to keep small hands busy and big minds growing. Take a bite out of a good book, get crafty in the recycle bin and learn a new way to pack more nutrition into every bite!

Gregory, the Terrible Eater

Join the Kids Book Club – “Gregory the Terrible Eater”

This month’s recommended reading is “Gregory, the Terrible Eater,” by Mitchell Sharmat. Gregory has eating habits to which I really relate: Too much of a good thing is still too much. With Jumpstart’s reading tips and a recommended activity in-hand, parents and teachers can focus discussions around the book on nutrition. It’s an easy opportunity for a hard-to-approach conversation.

Snails in the Garden

Get Crafty with ScrapKins – Snails in the Garden

These hands-on activities from our partner ScrapKins, introduce the fun in repurposing. This month make a snail from a sour cream tub. True to our Whole Kids’ style, the project ends with “Think About It” questions that help you talk with your little recycler about where our food comes from and our impact on the environment.

Take Better Bites ­– Dip It!

Better Bites Dip Recipes

Our latest edition of Better Bites (where we feature one simple, affordable, healthy idea) is about making dips. Kids love to eat with their hands — so let them! Dips provide an opportunity to add (or hide) more nutrients in a child’s daily diet. They can also help small hands develop dexterity, and they are a great introduction to measuring. Taste your way, ingredient by ingredient, to a flavor you both enjoy! Rainbow veggie tray anyone?

How are you keeping your little ones busy this month? Share your fresh ideas in the comments section below.