Teach kids that food is fuel for their bodies and brains. This activity gets kids practicing making nutritious food choices to give them healthy habits.
This brainstorm activity helps kids understand that food is fuel for their body and brain. They will learn tips to help themselves make nutritious food choices.
Q: Do you know Roy G. Biv?
A: It's not a person, but an acronym to remember the colors of a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (dark blue), and violet (purple)!
Q: Can you think of a green-light food for each color of the rainbow?
A: Examples: red apple or tomato, orange tangerine or sweet potato, yellow pineapple or pepper, green kiwi or broccoli, blue blueberries or potatoes (Yes, there is a such thing as a blue potato!) indigo blackberries or eggplant, violet grapes or cabbage. Thinking of a rainbow when you make food choices also helps you to eat a variety of foods, which means you are getting a variety of nutrients!
Here are some important things to know about food choices:
Let's do a Brainstorm Race! Take a moment right now to think about what it means to "think your food." (Pause for 30 seconds to allow time for kids to think about their responses before continuing with the activity.)
Q: It's been a long day, and you feel like grabbing a bag of chips and watching videos when you get home. What is a healthier choice?
A: Decide to motivate your mood. Get up and move! Stand up, hop, skip, jump, play a game, exercise, play outside, take a walk, or dance instead of eating when you are really not hungry.
Q: The next time you reach for that candy bar or a can of soda, what should you ask yourself?
A: Guide kids to apply the stoplight tool and use self-talk. For example:
Looking for something to eat in the fridge? Make a fit food choice and choose a green-light food.
Time: 5 Minutes