We’re putting together a range of fun activities for kids, to get them started learning about healthy food!
Use these activities as conversation starters to help you keep talking with your kids about healthy food, and the benefits to their health.
Click on one of the pictures below to download the printable PDF.
Kindy, Year 1 and Year 2
Year 3 and Year 4
Year 5 and Year 6
Cooking at Home
Message for Mum & Dad
The recipes provided here are designed to be simple and aimed at getting kids into the kitchen. For this reason, some use sugar, some use dairy, some use gluten products etc. The aim is get children experiencing making foods that taste yummy so they realise they don’t really need packet foods.
If you are already on the path to sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, etc, please modify these recipes to suit where your family is at.
Research and Experiments
Message for Mum & Dad
The aim of The Root Cause education programs is always to get your children talking to you about food and health. To this end, these research and experiment projects are designed so your children learn simple messages about food and health. Some projects will require a little input from yourself, but regardless of the level of input required, we’d ask you to use the opportunity to have conversations with your children about what they are learning.
Food Education Games
Food Education – it’s the key to changing the crisis that’s facing Children’s Health.
Have some fun with your children and get them to taste test loads of fresh fruit and vegetables by having a taste testing game. Here’s how you play:
- Get your child excited by talking about playing a fun taste testing game
- Print off the Taste Testing Game Sheet – you may wish to print one off for yourself too
- Cut up fruit and vegetables into small bite sized pieces – 2 to 3
pieces of each
- Place each different fruit or vegetable into individual holes in a muffin tin or ice cube tray. Or lay them out in the rainbow of colours on a plate
- Explain the game is about tasting each piece at least once, then they can circle smiley face if they like it, sad face if they don’t. They may need your help with this step. If they don’t like it, don’t make a fuss, let them move onto the next piece.
- At the end of the game, talk to them about what they liked and didn’t like, and why they liked it and didn’t like it. If they aren’t sure, ask if they can try again and let you know. You could also ask them if you can try a piece.
The idea of this game is to just simply to get more fruit and vegetables in front of your children. You may be surprised with some they like. Start adding the ones they like into their lunchbox and making them more available at dinner time – perhaps as finger food. The more they see it, the more normal it will become. Once they are use to seeing more of these vegetables, gradually add in some of the other ones they didn’t like. Remember, most of us taste with our eyes first, children are no different. Sometimes they will say I don’t like a food without even trying it, sometimes they will say they don’t like it after trying it. But research shows, it takes somewhere between 7 to 12 times of tasting a food before a child determines if they really like it or not. So keep trying.
In The 5 Minute Healthy Lunchbox System™ eCourse, we spend considerable time working on getting the kids involved in choosing what they want in their lunchbox, cooking in the kitchen and shopping. One of the incredible mum’s (Kellie) who is currently enrolled into eCourse has designed these shopping lists for her daughter. When they go shopping, her daughter’s job is to choose the fruit and vegetables from the chart, then cross them off when they put them in their basket or trolley. Kellie suggests laminating the lists so you can reuse them, and she also rotates between the cartoon ones and the real pictures.
We hope you enjoy them. And, thank you so much Kellie.