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  1. 1. Reading - Smart Eating - Moving…Balance My Day! Brought to you by Healthy Kids Challenge and a grant award from United Methodist Health Ministry FundOver 150 nutrition and physical activity ideas that link with preschool books! Enjoy the ideas that YOU and your colleagues across the state created at the HKC workshops! Happy Eating, Reading and Moving!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  2. 2. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Norma Mullen – Logan LibraryBook Title – Boom Chicka RockAuthor – John ArchambaultPublisher, Year - Scholastic Books, 2004Book Description: Counting and movement with 12 mice and a clock.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Mouse MovesAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Boom Chicka Rock”, imaginationActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Start reading the book andeach time an opportunity to move presents itself-grab it! For example, on page two the scriptsays, “Let’s dance and party and Rock and Roll”. Have the kids make a few dance moves. Page 3says to “tip-toe, tip-toe”. Get the kids ups and on their toes. Do the moves with them to givethem an idea of what to do. It will get them started. Have everyone rock around the room andthen get back to the book. It’s okay if there are a few pages with no movement. Play it by earwith the group of kids you have and how much time to spend. You may choose to “roar”instead of going around the room again. When the book reads “throw him by the tail”, justmake the motion. End the story on a quiet note so the kids can calm down more easily.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  3. 3. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: UnknownBook Title – Stop that Pickle!Author – Peter ArmourPublisher, Year – Houghton Mifflin, 1993Book Description: A pickle escapes from the pickle jar. He is chased around by all differenttypes of food, each one yelling “stop that pickle”. Finally the pickle is caught by a hungry littleboy, but the little boy eats the other food instead.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Pickle JarAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Stop that Pickle!”, paper/colors, graphics forthis can be found on DltkActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Ask if they know what vegetable a pickle is. Give each child a pickle with a letter on it. Put a bigpickle jar (drawing) up. Call out a letter, the child with that letter on its pickle puts it in the jar.When all the pickles are in (taped or flannel board) the jar, they escape! Pull them out one at atime and count them as you do. Variation: instead of letters you could use colors or numbers2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  4. 4. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Lennet Froelich – Dudley Township Public LibraryBook Title – Green WilmaAuthor – Tedd ArnoldPublisher, Year - Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993Book Description: Waking up with a frog-like appearance, Wilma proves disruptive at schoolas she searches for some tasty flies.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Frog WilmaAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through 3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Green Wilma”, Nerf ball, celery, peanut butter,peanuts, raisins, plastic spoons or wooden sticks for spreading peanut butter, napkins,MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Discuss dreams and how real they seem. Wilma does wake up as a frog! What do frogs like toeat? (Flies) Discuss the children’s favorite foods. Talk about the MyPyramid food groupsshowing the poster. Ask why MyPyramid is important? Talk about eating healthy foods. Askchildren what their parents eat at breakfast. What do they eat at breakfast? Talk about healthybreakfast choices. Ask how Wilma moved. Have the children hop around like Wilma did. Let thechildren play dodgeball with the Nerf ball like Wilma did in gym class. At lunch time, what didthe little boy have on his plate? Where does it fit in the food pyramid? At the end, let thechildren make a snack. Ask if flies are good to eat. Say, well we aren’t going to eat “flies” but weare going to make and eat “ants on a log”. Give kids celery sticks and let them spread peanutbutter on them and sprinkle with raisins for their snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  5. 5. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Mary Holler – Protection Township LibraryBook Title – Milk and CookiesAuthor – Frank AschPublisher, Year - Parents Magazine Press, 1982Book Description: Mama, papa and baby bear are visiting grandma and grandpa’s house.They spend the night and baby bear sees grandpa down in the basement feeding a “dragon”,which is really a wood stove. Baby bear has a dream about the dragon eating his milk andcookies.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Feeding a DragonAudience (for kids include age group) – 3 years old to 3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Milk and Cookies”, coloring pages with adragon on it, crayons, snack-almond milk and pretzels, napkins and paper cupsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Ask if any ofthe kids have had a scary dream like bear. Explain that sometimes we have dreams that scareus but when we wake up, we realize it wasn’t real. Explain that like a scary dream, we shouldn’tbe afraid to try new foods. Today you will get to try a new food called Almond milk, since noteveryone can drink milk without getting an upset tummy. We’ll also have pretzels as a healthysnack than cookies. Hand out the coloring pages and let the kids color the dragon. Provide thesnack of almond milk and pretzels.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  6. 6. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Anna Whiteman – Grainfield City LibraryBook Title – Up, Down and Around (Activity #1)Author – Katherine AyresPublisher, Year – Random House, Inc. 2007Book Description: A colorful book describing how to plant seeds and watch them grow.Some plants grow up and some grow down, and some grow all around.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Up and DownAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool and youngerMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Up, Down and Around”, large seeds, puppets,pictures of food, glue sticks, large pieces of poster paper for each childActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) - Lay down large pieces of posterpaper for each child and give a large seed to put on the paper, as if to plant it. Let the childrenpick a picture of a fruit or veggie and put over the seed they planted. Sing “up”, “down”, and“around” and do those actions while singing.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  7. 7. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Nancy Snyder – Derby Public LibraryBook Title – Up, Down and Around (Activity #2)Author – Katherine AyresPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2007Book Description: A garden produces a variety of edible plants; such as corn that grows up,onions that grow down, and tomato vines that twine around.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Veggie WorkoutAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Up, Down and Around!” Note-may use as“reader’s theater” for readersActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Children stand up as the bookis read and act out each line, such as: - In the dirt we’ll dig a row - Drop some seeds, and watch them grow - Dirt piles up (hands up) - Seed goes down (kneel down) - Water splashes around and around (turn around)2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  8. 8. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Gayle Bowden – Kiowa Public LibraryBook Title – Up, Down and Around (Activity #3)Author – Katherine AyresPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2007Book Description: A book about planting seeds and watching them grow. Talks about plantsgrowing in all different directions.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – I Can Plant a GardenAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool (3-4 years)Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “Up, Down and Around”, carrots and healthy dipfor a snackActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book, and then havethe kids act out the book. Have the kids pretend to dig up the dirt. When it says up, the kids willreach up and up (climb). When it says down, the kids will bend down and touch the ground.When it says around and around, turn around and around. Imitate pick and pull actions, likegathering veggies. After finishing the actions in the book, have carrots and healthy dip for asnack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  9. 9. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Diana Floyd – Healthy Kids ChallengeBook Title – Up, Down, and Around (Activity #4)Author – Katherine AyresPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2007Book Description: A fun and descriptive book about planting seeds and watching them growas they bend in different directions.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Veggie FunAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Up, Down and Around”, room to move, at least5 or 6 different items mentioned in the book: ear of corn, carrot, cucumber, pepper, potato, minipumpkin, broccoli spear, beet, whole green bean, okra, onion, and firm tomato-have extracarrots and potatoes to ensure every child has a vegetable, a large bowl, basket or bag to holdthe above itemsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to thepreschoolers. Then distribute the assorted vegetables to them, explaining what they are as theyfeel it and hold it. Place the bowl, paper sack or basket in the center of the circle. As the story isread again, they must listen closely for when their vegetable is mentioned. Then they place it inthe bowl for "lunch". At the end of the story no one should have any vegetables left. Read thestory again and have all the children do the actions as you say them:Dig a row (hoeing motion), Drop some seeds, Splash around, Grow up (stretch up, reaching ashigh as possible), Grow down (touch toes), Climb around (pretend to climb), Pick some, andPull some. For example "peppers grow up" - reach and spread their arms up, as they growbigger. Encourage creativity and sharing on what a growing plant might do. End by havingeveryone sit around the bowl of vegetables to have "lunch".2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  10. 10. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jackie Clarkson – Coffey County Library-WaverlyBook Title – L M N O peasAuthor – Keith BakerPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 2010Book Description: Peas go through the alphabet.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Meet the Peas and Roll Through the ABC’sAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool/K-2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “L M N O peas”, prepare sheets showing theactivity for each letter for the children to useActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the childrenand read again acting out the activity from each letter. Start with the alphabet stretch. Letchildren take turns being different letters. Have letter ready with “pea” people on them.Examples: Letter “D” have everyone dance and then move around like they are driving a car.,Letter ‘E” pretend to eat and then explore. End by everyone saying or singing the ABC’s2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  11. 11. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Adrienne Olejnikl – Rossville Community LibraryBook Title – Old MacDonald Had an Apartment HouseAuthor – Judi BarrettPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 1998Book Description: Old MacDonald and his wife grow a garden and have farm animals in anapartment building.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Garden StarterAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool to elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House”, eggcartons (cardboard-type), potting soil, vegetable or herb seeds, information packets preparedaheadActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Offer an egg carton or ½ acarton for each child. Remove the top by cutting, so all you have is the egg holder bottom. 2.Put potting soil in each “egg hole”. 3. Give each child vegetable seeds to plant in the egg holes.Make sure you have labels or some way of identifying which seeds are where. 4. Lightly waterthe soil. 5. Children can take the seed starters home to maintain them. When the plants arelarge enough and the weather is right, they can transfer to their garden or larger pots. 6. Sendhome information packets with the child about the vegetables or herbs they are growing.Include nutrition information, how to grow successfully, when to plant, when to harvest, howto store (canning, blanching/freezing, etc.) Provide healthy recipes that include the veggies orherbs.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  12. 12. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Alice Jones – Herington Public LibraryBook Title – Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk FoodAuthor – Stan and Jan BerenstainPublisher, Year – Random House, 1965Book Description: Mama Bear decided her family was eating too much junk food. She gotthem back to healthy eating and they joined a 3 mile run.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – How can mom get her family back to health?Audience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food”,game board and dice (make a game board ahead of time similar to Candyland, with coloredsections of different fruits, veggies, low fat milk, cheese, yogurt, water, whole grains, healthysnack choices, and physical activity ideas-hopping, jumping, and also unhealthy thing like junkfood, sitting watching TV too long, etc.)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the kids gather aroundthe game board and let one roll the dice. Go the number of spaces on the dice. If they land on ahealthy item, they can go walk forward 2 steps to a designated area; if unhealthy, go back 2steps. If they land on an activity and do the activity, they go forward 3 steps, if not, they go back3 steps. Let the next child play. Continue on until the first child who gets to the designated areafrom taking steps, wins.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  13. 13. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Joan Weaver – Kinsley LibraryBook Title – The Little Yellow LeafAuthor – Carin BergerPublisher, Year - Greenwillow Books, 2008Book Description: As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf is not readyand remains on the tree into winter. Finally he and Little Scarlet Leaf, the only other leaf left,jump off together dancing away in the wind.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Falling LeavesAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Little Yellow Leaf”, juggling scarves plus ayellow and scarlet scarfActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Gather the children and talkabout autumn, leaves changing colors and falling off the tree. 2. To the tune of “Here we goround the Mulberry Bush”, have the children stand in a circle, sing, and act out the following:“This is the way we rake the leaves…. in the autumn of the year.”“This is the way we jump in the leaves...”“This is the way we throw the leaves…”Now the leaves are all messy, so we have to rake them again and repeat the verses above.When finished, read the story to the children. Act out the story using the juggling scarves. Letthe kids take turns being Little Yellow and Little Scarlet leaves. At the end have the 2 childrenthat are Little Yellow and Scarlet leaves at the time, jump off and dance with the wind.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  14. 14. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: April Zagonel – Girard Public LibraryBook Title – Franklin Plays the GameAuthor – Paulette BourgeoisPublisher, Year – Scholastic Books, 1995Book Description: Franklin and his friends are part of a soccer team. Each member wants todo his/her own thing. However, in the end they realize that teamwork is the way to go.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Team Building RelayAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre KMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Franklin Plays the Game”, a puzzle, dice, blocksActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Split up the puzzle pieces.Have a child roll the dice. Either have a planned activity (jumping jacks, hop on one foot, etc.) orhave the children come up with their own ideas. The dice determines the times the activity isdone. After the activity is completed, put in a puzzle piece (or blocks for building), by workingtogether. Tell the children that teamwork is achieved by working together.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  15. 15. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Teresa Leonard – Bradford Memorial LibraryBook Title – D.W. the Picky EaterAuthor – Marc BrownPublisher, Year – Little, Brown and Co., 1995Book Description: D.W. won’t eat leafy greens until she eats some spinach without realizingit. Then she decides she likes it after all.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – My Pot PieAudience (for kids include age group) – 2-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “D.W. the Picky Eater”, small brads, tanconstruction paper or card stock, glue stick, pictures of food-either clip art or pictures frommagazinesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Cut 2 circles out of tan paper-about 8 inches in diameter. Glue one circle onto a whole piece of construction paper. Havechildren pick pictures of food they would like in their “pot pie”. Glue the food on top of the tancircle. Attach the second circle on top of the glued circle with the brads. Kids then can move thetop “crust” to show what is in their pie.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  16. 16. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jackie White and Gretchen Huber – McConnell AFB Library- WichitaBook Title – Sailor Boy JigAuthor – Margaret Wise BrownPublisher, Year – Margaret K. McElderey Books, 2002Book Description: A sailor dog is dancing a jig.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Jump AroundAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Sailor Boy Jig”, room to move, snacks-beansprouts, whole-grain Goldfish crackers, popsicle sticks to make a simple puppet, glueActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Follow the activities in thebook while reading. Make simple Popsicle stick puppets to follow along with the book. Have asnack from a “bucket of fun”: beans sprouts as worms, whole-grain Goldfish crackers as fish.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  17. 17. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kathleen Caster – Riley City LibraryBook Title – Babar Learns to CookAuthor – Laurent de BrunhoffPublisher, Year – Random House, 1978Book Description: This book is about Babar the elephant and his family who learn to cookby having a visiting chef give cooking lessons.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Make Your Healthy PizzaAudience (for kids include age group) – 6-9 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Babar Learns to Cook”, a MyPyramid poster, awilling pizza parlor or family willing to have kids come to their house to build their own pizza tocookActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – The group would have to besmall, and there would need to be healthy ingredients, like low fat mozzarella cheese, greenpepper, chopped tomatoes, lean hamburger, etc. for toppings. As the kids assemble theirpizzas, name the ingredients and ask the kids from which food groups they come from inMyPyramid. After the pizzas are cooked, they get to eat.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  18. 18. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Barbara Lee – Leonardville City LibraryBook Title – Night TreeAuthor – Eve BuntingPublisher, Year – Harcourt Brace, 1991Book Description: A family decorates a Christmas tree in the woods with food that wildanimals will eat.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Christmas for the AnimalsAudience (for kids include age group) – 4-10 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Night Tree”, popped popcorn, sunflower seedsapples, orangesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Children prepare popcornchains, and balls made of seeds, fruit, etc. If age appropriate, they could research what animalsof the area eat (or just learn about it) and talk about where these foods are on the foodpyramid. If possible, use the resulting food decorations to decorate a tree.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  19. 19. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Anne Harris – Wichita Public LibraryBook Title – From Head to ToeAuthor – Eric CarlePublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 1997Book Description: Children imitate the motions of a variety of animals.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Can You Do It?Audience (for kids include age group) – ages 2-8 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “From Head to Toe”, digital camera and printer,paper, pen, markers/crayonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the book andhaving the kids mimic each animal’s movements, they can make their own group book. Askeach child to demonstrate a motion they can do. Take a photo of them doing the motion. Eachchild’s picture will be on a separate page with the text. Example: “Anne can spin around incircles really fast. Can you do it?” The children draw a picture of themselves doing their motionon the facing page. Attach all pages together with a plastic comb binder, book rings or staples.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  20. 20. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kindra Holland – Erie City Public LibraryBook Title – The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Activity #1)Author – Eric CarlePublisher, Year – Putman and Gossett, 1969Book Description: A caterpillar eats his way through a lot of foods before he finallybecomes a butterfly.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Caterpillar to ButterflyAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, white paper,markers or crayons, fruit cup snacks for each child and spoonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have children color acaterpillar and fruit shapes. Talk about the differences between healthy foods and unhealthyfoods. Ask why the caterpillar in the story got a tummy ache. Ask what foods do caterpillars likebest. Have children pretend they are a caterpillar moving from food to food. Next, they are stillin their cocoon. Finally, they turn into a beautiful butterfly flying and flapping their wings.Provide fruit cups for a snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  21. 21. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Leslie Bell – Northwest Kansas Library SystemBook Title – The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Activity #2)Author – Eric CarlePublisher, Year – Scholastic Inc., 1969, 1987Book Description: A highly graphic and colorful presentation of the transformation of anegg into a butterfly. The variety of food the caterpillar ate to prepare provides opportunities todiscuss food types.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Are you a hungry caterpillar?Audience (for kids include age group) - PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - Hungry Caterpillar Resource Kit - NWKLSActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) - Pass out felt pieces of fooditems so each child has one or more. Tell the story asking children to feed the caterpillar thefood item. Talk about the over-eating concept when the caterpillar has a stomach ache andhow he felt better when he ate his normal food. Ask the kids…What foods would be good foryou? What makes your tummy ache? (Too much birthday cake, ice cream, etc.)2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  22. 22. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Lynn Shoemaker – Linwood Community LibraryBook Title – From Head to ToeAuthor – Eric CarlePublisher, Year – Scholastic, Inc., 1997Book Description: Children imitate animal actions.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Animal ActionsAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “From Head to Toe”, animal masks to decorate-colored construction paper, tape, glue sticks, crayonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the children do theactions as you read the book. Make animals masks: let the children color and decorate theirmasks. Have an animal parade with each child doing the action of their animal while wearingtheir masks. Discuss healthy snacks that give you energy to move like the animals: whole graincrackers, string cheese, fruits and veggies. Discuss the fruits and veggies that the animals eat.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  23. 23. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Deb Weatherbie – Paola Free LibraryBook Title – The Mixed-Up ChameleonAuthor – Eric CarlePublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 1975Book Description: A Chameleon has a boring life and wishes to be like other animals. Whenhis wish comes true he discovers he likes being himself best.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Changing ColorsAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Mixed-Up Chameleon ”, Twister game orcolored circles for younger childrenActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Name the fruits and veggies that are the colors of the different animals in the book. Have thechildren perform the action of the animal mentioned on each page. Discuss the pages when thechameleon is sparkling green and is eating healthy, but is dull gray when he is not eatinghealthy. Play the Twister game, but first discuss the different types of fruits and veggies thatcorrelate with the colors on the mat. While children are playing the game, they must say a fruitor veggie out loud that matches the color they are putting their hand or foot on. For YoungerChildren: Spin and have the children step or jump from one color circle to the other.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  24. 24. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Mary Barker – LeboBook Title – Get Up and Go! (Activity #1)Author – Nancy CarlsonPublisher, Year – Penguin Group, 2006Book Description: Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. You need to take care of your bodyby exercising.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Jump RopeAudience (for kids include age group) – Older ElementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Get Up and Go!”, long jump ropes, space tomove and jump-- This activity could be done in a large meeting room or outside.Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story and tell thestudents you are going to “Get Up and Go” by jumping rope. Ahead of time, order oninterlibrary loan extra books that have jump rope chants or rhymes. Have 2 students turn therope, while others join in on a rhyme. Let kids learn to enter and exit the jump rope. Switch thestudents turning the ropes.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  25. 25. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Carol Rittscher – Memorial Library - LiberalBook Title – Get Up and Go! (Activity #2)Author – Nancy CarlsonPublisher, Year - Viking Press, 2006Book Description: No matter what shape or size; you need exercise. The book points outhow exercise benefits you – physically, socially and emotionally.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Do what Luella and her Friends DoAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Get Up and Go!”, “fly” bean bags and a “frog”made out of a boxActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – As you are reading the story,call out the activities being done in the book and have the children mimic that activity.Examples: swinging a bat, kicking a soccer ball, ice skating, playing tag (that one could get alittle wild), jumping rope, walking/hiking, canoeing, working in the garden, swimming, bicycling,and dancing. At the end, have the children pretend to sleep so they are rested for exercise thenext day.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  26. 26. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jerie Tichenor – Meriden Community LibraryBook Title – Clap Your Hands (Activity #1)Author – Lorinda Bryan CauleyPublisher, Year – Harcourt Brace and Co., 1992Book Description: Each page has a different activity; for example, stomp your feet, clapyour hands, etc.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Fun with MotionAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through 7 years of ageMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Clap Your Hands”, apples, bananas,strawberries and lemonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and do theactivity on each page with the children. When reading page 7, let the children find the red andyellow fruit. Talk to them about how important it is to eat fruit every day. On page 14 itmentions finding something large and small—talk with the children about healthy portion sizes,moderation. Teach the children about nutrition while they move.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  27. 27. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jackie White – McConnell AFB Library - WichitaBook Title – Clap Your Hands (Activity #2)Author – Linda Bryan CauleyPublisher, Year – G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1992Book Description: A variety of animals doing many actions “on parade”.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Activity ParadeAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Clap Your Hands”, fruits and veggies thatanimals in the book would eat such as banana slices and carrot sticks, lots of space to move,seedies and plastic fruits/veggies, helpers to role-modelActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Follow and do the activities inthe book. While looking at the book, discuss and talk about what types of food these animalswould eat (bananas-monkeys). Ask children if they can think of any other animals and whatmovement they do. Have children demonstrate the movements and discuss what these animalseat. Use seedies and plastic fruits/veggies while asking …What animal eats this fruit/veggie?2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  28. 28. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jody Suiter – Macksville City LibraryBook Title – The Bake-OffAuthor – Lorinda Bryan CauleyPublisher, Year – G.P. Putnam, 1978Book Description: There’s a Bake-Off in the forest and no one wants to eat Mr. Hare’svegetables. They think Mrs. Beaver’s chocolate cake will surely win. Then, Mr. Hare surprisesthem all with the best cake of all…a carrot cake…with recipe included in the book.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Can Anything Good For You TASTE Good?Audience (for kids include age group) – kindergartenMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Bake-Off”, a large piece of paper, marker,bite-sized carrot cake cupcakes, 3 paper ribbons for each child (1st, 2nd, 3rd), 3 vegetables on aplate for each child, 3 large pictures of each of the 3 veggiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have children brainstormvegetables and have the leader write them down. Ask kids what their favorite veggies are andstar them or circle. Ask them how they like them served. Read the book and stop before Mr.Hare reveals his “secret ingredient”. Pass out bite-sized cupcakes and after kids eat them, havethem guess what the secret ingredient is….Tally the votes on the large piece of paper. Finish thebook and see if the class guessed right. Then give each child 3 ribbons and a plate of 3 veggiesto taste. After tasting, they stick their ribbons on the large pictures of the 3 veggies. Which was3rd place? 2nd place? 1st place? Cheer! Teach a cheer and clap to it… “Veggies, Veggies, they areGREAT! Serve me (insert the veggie they liked best here) on my plate!” Send home a copy ofthe recipe from the book, also.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  29. 29. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Shelly Wintz – Herington Public LibraryBook Title – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Activity #1)Author – Lauren ChildPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2000Book Description: A child won’t eat her vegetables and fruit. It is her brother’s job to teachher to eat them.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Name GameAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool through 1st gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”, differentfruit/veggie examples or pictures of them would workActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the kids take turnscoming up with different names to call the food examples you have. Give them fun names thatrhyme or silly names that would make kids want to eat the food. Then, have them tell thenames to adults/parents to see if they can figure out what food they are talking about.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  30. 30. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Arlene Hasty – Chanute Public LibraryBook Title – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Activity #2)Author – Lauren ChildPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2000Book Description: Lola is a picky eater and won’t try new foods. Her brother makes thefoods sound interesting, so she’ll try them, and then she finds out she likes them.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – RenamingAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”, pictures offruits and veggies, a MyPyramid posterActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Show kids the MyPyramidposter and explain the healthy foods in it. Next, show pictures of different fruits and veggiesand have the children give them more exciting names like Charlie did in the book. As theyrename the food, one person could take the picture over to the MyPyramid poster on the walland put or point where it belongs in the pyramid.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  31. 31. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Janet Birk – Coffey County LibraryBook Title – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Activity #3)Author – Lauren ChildPublisher, Year – Chadwick Press, 2000Book Description: Big brother, Charlie, has to give his little sister, fussy eater Lola, herdinner. Charlie becomes inventive in order to convince Lola to eat her vegetables.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Change the NameAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”, real orartificial veggies/fruits in a bag to match those in the book, can use flannel board fruits/veggiesalso while reading the storyActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Pass around the bag with fruitsand veggies in it. Have each child draw one out, then pass it to another child. Ask each childabout their fruit/veggie. Ask if they like it, along with why or why not. Have the child think ofanother name to call it. Have fun with the names. Take turns until all have participated.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  32. 32. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Eleanor Strecker – TopekaBook Title – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Activity #4)Author – Lauren ChildPublisher, Year – Scholastic, 2000Book Description: Lola is a fussy eater. Sometimes her brother, Charlie, has to give herdinner. Charlie comes up with creative ways to get Lola to eat her dinner.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Name that FoodAudience (for kids include age group) – older preschool and younger elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”, pictures offruits and vegetables in a bag, a rainbow templateActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. After reading the story,bring out the bag with pictures of fruits and veggies in it. 2. Pull a picture out of the bag andhelp children identify the fruit or vegetable and what color it is. 3. Announce you need a newname for this fruit/veggie and let the children help you make up a fun new name. 4. Continuepulling out pictures and giving new names. 4. Lay out the rainbow template and allow thechildren to put the fruits/veggies in the appropriate colors of the rainbow.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  33. 33. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Mary Domaan– Atchison LibraryBook Title – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Activity #5)Author – Lauren ChildPublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 2000Book Description: Charlie tricks his picky eater sister, Lola, into eating foods she says shehates.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Try It, You’ll Like It!Audience (for kids include age group) – preschool/K-2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”, prepareahead of time food samples from the book, such as peas, mashed potatoes, carrots, tomatoes,paper plates, spoons and napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Have “orangetwiglets” (carrots), “Greenland green drops” (peas) and so on from the book for the children tosample. Talk about what foods the children don’t like. Come up with new names for thosefoods. Talk about the importance of eating a variety of foods. Don’t be afraid to try somethingnew. Can calling a food something else make it taste better? Have you tried something newrecently? How did it go? Will you try it again? End with asking each child to try a new foodbefore the next time you meet, and tell us how it went.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  34. 34. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Marilyn Keating – Hamilton County LibraryBook Title – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Activity #6)Author – Lauren ChildPublisher, Year - Harper Collins, 2000Book Description: Little sister, Lola, is a very picky, fussy eater. Older brother, Charlie, asksher to eat different veggies and she has a reason why she won’t eat them. Charlie tricks her bycalling all the veggies something else more interesting and she tries them.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - A Walk on the Moon (astronauts)Audience (for kids include age group) – Kindergarten to 5th gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato”, anassortment of bite size pieces of veggies and fruits for tasting, pictures of foods labeled with“theme” names, game prizes-pencils, bookmarks, etc.Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Gather the children anddiscuss what astronauts might find when they travel to another planet. Aliens, maybe? Think ofother things that might be found…chairs, homes, windows, CD players, etc., but change theobject’s names to fit the planet they are on. This exercise will help them understand the funnynames Charlie uses for food items. Read the story to the children. Provide a “taste testing”game. Let the kids know they can win prizes by earning points. Explain that they earn points forbeing the first to try a new fruit or veggie sample and for actually trying the fruit or veggiesamples. Explain that fruits and veggies make healthy snacks. Help them add up their pointsand at the end of the adventure, they receive prizes. Between each taste testing sample tried,have the kids do a physical movement such as skipping, hopping, etc.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  35. 35. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Dee Lizzol – Seneca Free LibraryBook Title – Digger Pig and the TurnipAuthor – Caron Lee CohenPublisher, Year – Harcourt, Inc., 2000Book Description: Little Red Hen read alike, with a pig instead of a hen and turnips insteadof bread/wheat.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Let’s Make a Turnip Pie!Audience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Digger Pig and the Turnip”, could bring somekid size garden tools or replicasActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book. As you do, useactions to show hen digging up the turnip and dragging this huge turnip back to her kitchen tomake the turnip pie. Could divide the group into 3 groups and when the pig asks if she wouldlike help cutting up the turnip, each group (Chirper Chick, Quaker Duck, and Bow Wow Dog)would say, “Not I”. At the end, hen’s piglets eat the pie and not the other animals. Tell the kidsthat they are not the piglets and can help eat the pie. Yum, yum! Let the kids pretend they areeating the turnip pie. Talk about how good vegetables and fruits are for you.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  36. 36. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Diana Floyd – Healthy Kids ChallengeBook Title – Pumpkin SoupAuthor – Helen CooperPublisher, Year – Doubleday Publishing, 1998Book Description: A great fall book that has a lesson about friendship and sharing, with itsown recipe for pumpkin soup.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Fall FoodsAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Pumpkin Soup”, bring examples of fall veggies,like a small pumpkin, squash, etc., paper cups, make pumpkin soup ahead of time from thebook’s recipe so the kids can sampleActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to thepreschoolers and talk about fall foods and veggies. Let the children hold the veggie examplesand ask them if they can name the veggies. Ask them if they eat the veggies they are holding.What other veggies do they eat? Explain that veggies are very healthy and come in a rainbow ofcolors to eat. Talk about the different ways veggies can be prepared—raw, cooked? In a pie?What about soup?? Talk about the pumpkin soup recipe in the book and mention the differentingredients. Pour the soup in cups for the children to sip from and try.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  37. 37. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kendra Mork – Goddard LibraryBook Title – BounceAuthor – Doreen CroninPublisher, Year – Atheneum, 2007Book Description: Bouncing can be fun. Just don’t bounce on the couch.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Look for the BounceAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bounce”, 5-6 cone markers, dice, instructionsheets, healthy snacks-cut-up fruits and veggiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Set up a game board in thelibrary with 5-6 stations/stops. Mark the start square. Have the child roll a die and then proceedto the first stop. The child must do the activity once for each number on the die. Example: Thechild rolls a “5” and the child will do the activity 5 times. Station Examples:1. Bounce Ball on the Floor 2. Hop in Place 3. Bounce Ball on Hands 4. Bounce Ball on Foot 5.Hop on one FootHave healthy fruit or vegetables (cut in small pieces) to eat at the finish line.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  38. 38. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Emily Holt – Solomon Public LibraryBook Title – Stretch (Activity #1)Author – Doreen CroninPublisher, Year – Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009Book Description: Pages full of stretching exercises that kids can do.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – STRETCHAudience (for kids include age group) – K-2 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Stretch”, space to move freelyActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read each page of the bookout loud and join the kids in stretching, following the instructions.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  39. 39. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Pam Fast – Buhler Public LibraryBook Title – Stretch (Activity #2)Author – Doreen CroninPublisher, Year – Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009Book Description: There’s nothing like a good stretch before you jump, wiggle, bounce orrun. Stretching can be good fun, especially if you’re stretching your imagination at the sametime!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Stretch Your Body! Stretch Your Mind!Audience (for kids include age group) – 3 to 6 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Stretch”, space to stretch, carpet squares,healthy treats (homemade granola bag)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Provide each child with acarpet square and set up the room like an exercise class. Demonstrate various body stretchesand have children participate. Quiz them about ways to stretch: materials that stretch, the waysanimals stretch, how stretching is important in our days. Ask which sports require lots ofstretching. Discuss how stretching can prevent injury, etc. Reward each child with a treat thathe/she has to stretch to reach.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  40. 40. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Anita Reiter – Port Library - BeloitBook Title – Stretch (Activity #3)Author – Doreen CroninPublisher, Year - Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009Book Description: In the book, the dog asks us, the audience, to stretch with him. He showsmany ways you can stretch and how fun it is. Throughout the book, there are many differentanimals and how they stretch.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - StretchingAudience (for kids include age group) – early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Stretch”, space to moveActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Each page shows a differentkind of stretch. So in the beginning of the book, let the kids know as I read each page to them,we will do the stretches that the dog and his friends are doing. Be creative and let the kids havefun doing the stretches but also acting like the animals in the story.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  41. 41. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Chris Chadd – Haysville Community LibraryBook Title – WiggleAuthor – Doreen CroninPublisher, Year – Atheneum Books, 2005Book Description: A book that encourages wiggling.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – How Did I Wiggle Today?Audience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Wiggle”, slips of paper, pencil, push pinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the children that comeinto the library tell you how they wiggled that day--what they wiggled, where they wigged andhow they wiggled. Write down on the slip of paper what each child tells you and have themstick it on a corkboard with a push pin and adult supervision. Read the book and enjoy thechance to wiggle again!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  42. 42. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Christie Snyder – Ida Long Goodman Memorial LibraryBook Title – Who Grew My Soup?Author – Tom DarbyshirePublisher, Year – Publications International Ltd., 2009Book Description: Phin Quinn declares to his mom he won’t slurp a single spoonful of soupuntil he knows where his soup comes from. Mr. Mattoo swoops in on a flying tomato to fly Phinfrom farm to farm, teaching him about amazing veggies and the farmers who grow them.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Soup-er Taste PartyAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool to 3rd or 4th gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Who Grew My Soup?”, bite-sized samples ofveggies found in vegetable soup as well as a whole raw sample to view (carrots, tomatoes,beans, barley, corn, potatoes, spinach, peas, celery). Consider making vegetable soup ahead oftime in a crockpot. Could pair with Stone Soup.Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Check with local grocer orfarmers to see if they would donate veggies to sample. Chop and clean veggies before hand andbag them up for tasting. Talk with kids about vegetable soup and what it is made of. Ask wherethey think the ingredients come from. Read the book, then taste vegetables as Phin does. Sharetastes, textures and smells. Try a taste of soup and talk about how the vegetables changed aftercooking. Compare the tastes, textures and smells. Optional: Take a field trip to a farm. (or apatron with a large garden or town community garden plot)2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  43. 43. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Laurie Costlow – Overbrook Public LibraryBook Title – JamberryAuthor – Bruce DegenPublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 1983Book Description: A boy and a bear are searching for berries for jam. There is a lot ofalliteration in this book.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Berry HopAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Jamberry”, prepare sheets showing the activityfor each letter for the children to useActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Explain to the children thatberries are used to make jam. A boy and a bear go on a very active adventure looking forberries in the book. The word “berry” occurs many times in the story. I would suggest havingthe children hop every time you read the word “berry”. Read the story to the children and letthem hop around. After the story explain that berries are a healthy food/fruit. Ask if any ofthem have eaten berries. Explain that berries and other fruits should be eaten every day forgood health.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  44. 44. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Cheryl Foster – Parents As Teachers - StaffordBook Title – Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet FeastAuthor – Crescent DragonwagonPublisher, Year – First Aladdin Picture Books, 1992Book Description: From alligator’s apples to zebra’s zucchinis, a multitude of alphabeticalanimals and foods celebrate Thanksgiving with a wonderful feast.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – An Alphabet FeastAudience (for kids include age group) – parents with toddlers/preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Alligator Arrived with Apples: A PotluckAlphabet Feast”, samples of some of the foods (for this age, select 5-6 of the alphabet/animalsto highlight - A, B, C, & X, Y, Z), food magazines, scissors, glue sticksActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book with the group(or select parts of the book) as in a “story time”. If available, sing some songs about thedifferent foods. Break into centers. Examples: Food Tasting Center-choose 4-5 foods from thebook to sample. Craft Center-cut out food pictures from magazines. Glue the pictures in a “ziplock book baggie” format. After the centers, gather the group for a closing.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  45. 45. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Ericka Brunson – Manhattan Public LibraryBook Title – Burger Boy (Activity #1)Author – Alan DurantPublisher, Year – Clarion Books, 2006Book Description: Benny loved burgers—so much he became one. Through his crazyadventures, Benny realizes he needs to alter his diet to include healthy foods. When Benny eatstoo many vegetables, kids learn everything is good in moderation.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Moderation Motivation!Audience (for kids include age group) – Pre-K, and kindergartenMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Burger Boy”, Flannel Board pieces, puppet withstomachActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Have a flannel with an ant,mouse, dog, tiger, whale, and as many as you want. Have cards with food—a crumb, cheese,burger, pie, pizza (substitute real foods, if needed). Match appropriate portions. 2. Have apuppet with a stomach, like the “Old Lady Who Swallowed…”). Have the kids put foods in hermouth until she’s huge and bulky. Talk about overeating and portion control/moderation.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  46. 46. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Angie ZehrBook Title – Burger Boy (Activity #2)Author – Alan DurantPublisher, Year - Anderson Press LTD., 2005Book Description: Benny only wants to eat burgers. His mother tells him he is going tobecome a burger and he does. He soon realizes he needs to find a balance. He eats vegetablesand becomes a boy again.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Healthy BalanceAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Burger Boy”, plastic food items, box or bag,MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ ), cut-up fruits/veggies and low fat milk for a snackActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Place plastic food items in the box/bag. Have the children pull out 5 items. Show theMyPyramid poster and discuss if these items would make a “balanced” meal. Have the kidspractice balancing=balance on one foot, with eyes closed, balance on a board, etc. Serve fruitsand veggies with milk to help “balance” the children’s day.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  47. 47. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Stephanie Robker – Turner Community LibraryBook Title – Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables A to Z (Activity #1)Author – Lois EhlertPublisher, Year – Harcourt, 1989Book Description: A large variety of fruits and vegetables are pictured and named.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Name it, Try itAudience (for kids include age group) – familiesMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables A toZ”, as many fruits and veggies in the book as the budget allows for tasting (some need to becooked), copies of the book or pages from the book copied to hand out to familiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book with thefamilies. Pass out copies of the book or pages copied to each family. Provide samples of fruitsand veggies from the book. Get families to try as many different fruits and veggies as possible.Have families mark off on lists what fruits/veggies they tried. Talk about what they liked, didn’tlike, or had never tried before. Maybe offer prizes to families that tried the most fruits andveggies offered.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  48. 48. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Candee Jacobs – Holton City LibraryBook Title – Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables A to Z (Activity #2)Author – Lois EhlertPublisher, Year – Harcourt, 1989Book Description: A good introduction to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in analphabet format.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Eat Your Colors (Variation)Audience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Eating the Alphabet”, fruit and vegetable beanbags, pictures of fruits and vegetables, a large rainbow template, seasonal fruit samples to tasteActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Discuss the alphabet. 2.Read the book to the children. 3. Show and tell about the bean bag fruits/veggies or pictures. 4.Lay out the large rainbow template and hand out the fruit/veggie pictures to the children. 5. Letthe children put their fruit or veggie on the appropriate color of the rainbow. 6. Give thechildren a quick pep talk about being strong, making good eating choices (like eatingfruits/veggie) and then provide samples of seasonal fruits to taste. *If a rainbow template is notavailable, you could have kids put the fruit/veggies on rainbow colored pieces of constructionpaper. Optional: Could practice the ABC’s with the children, sing the ABC song and paradearound the library.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  49. 49. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Sandy Wilkerson – SEKLSBook Title – Nuts to YouAuthor – Lois EhlertPublisher, Year – Harcourt, 1993Book Description: A small child encounters a squirrel. The squirrel comes inside, but whenthe child puts nuts outside the squirrel leaves to go get them.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Let’s Go NutsAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Nuts to You”, music (high action), large area,vegetable and fruit seeds with matching pictures of the seed’s fruit or vegetable, cupcake linersActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – With the children, talk aboutwhat the squirrel did in the story. He digs, jumps, walks on tiptoe, creeps inside, looks around,peaks, holds a nut and eats. Start the music and ask the children to be squirrels and “go nuts”doing the actions mentioned.2nd Activity – Recognize Seeds (for preschool and kindergarten) Bring seeds from a variety offruits and veggies.In a cupcake liner, place a single seed from a fruit or veggie. Glue a picture of the whole fruit orveggie in the bottom and ask the child to identify the seed. You can also use the actual fruit orveggie for matching. Talk about what squirrels eat (different nuts), and how they store theirfood (by burying it all winter). Can also be followed by planting a seed if time allows.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  50. 50. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Sarah Wamsley – Healthy Kids ChallengeBook Title – How to Speak Moo!Author – Deborah FajermanPublisher, Year – Barron’s Educational Series, 2002Book Description: This cute book makes an effective read-aloud when discussing where milkcomes from. Using rhyming, clever phrasing and bright illustrations, the funny world of moo-speak comesalive!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Drink Think For HealthAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “How to Speak Moo!”, a stuffed cow for a prop,clean empty milk cartons, ball to rollActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the childrenand talk about how milk is a healthy drink for them. Explain that milk helps them build strongbones and teeth. Ask how many of them drink milk? Talk about having milk with a snack or atmeals. Show children an empty milk carton and read some of the nutrients in milk from theNutrition Facts label, like protein and calcium. bowling activity: Line up the empty milk cartonsin a “bowling” formation and let each of the children have a turn to knock down the emptycartons.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  51. 51. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Maribel Sandoval – Grant County LibraryBook Title – The Wide-mouthed Frog (pop-up book)Author – Keith FaulknerPublisher, Year - Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000Book Description: Little Frog goes around the pond asking what other animals eat; a bird, amouse and then the alligator. The alligator tells Frog he eats wide-mouthed frogs…Frog thenpuckers up his lips and goes away with a splash.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - FrogsAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Wide-mouthed Frog”, “fly” bean bags and a“frog” made out of a boxActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story and tell the kidsthat they need to feed the frog his favorite snack…flies. The kids will stand behind a line andtoss flies (bean bags) into the frog’s mouth (box).2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  52. 52. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Jacque Sherrill – Jetmore Public LibraryBook Title – Feast For 10Author – Cathryn FalwellPublisher, Year - Clarion Books, 1993Book Description: Numbers from 1-10 are used to tell how members of a family shop andwork together to prepare a meal.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Feast For 10Audience (for kids include age group) – preschool through 1st gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Feast For 10”, MyPyramid poster(www.mypyramid.gov/ ), Flannel Board, plastic foods and utensils, a “cart” or box to serve asone, a brown paper bag, Flannel pieces depicting objects in the storyActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – As the story is read, focus onthe MyPyramid food groups and counting individual items. The activity could be done with onechild or several. Highlight the family’s involvement in healthy eating. Have the children add theappropriate items to the “cart” during shopping. Next, the foods are removed (bought) andplaced in the paper bag (which also serves to put them away). Continue using the flannelfigures and pretend foods to represent families, utensils, food preparation, and then set thetable.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  53. 53. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Melanie Engel – Oakley Public LibraryBook Title – Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (Activity #1)Author – Candace FlemingPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 2002Book Description: Three hungry bunnies try to get into Mr. McGreely’s garden.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Plant a GardenAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”, gardening tools,seeds, containers, soilActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Pretend play planting agarden. Talk to the children about vegetables and their colors. Have the children plant a seed.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  54. 54. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Lynn Thompson – Derby Public LibraryBook Title – Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (Activity #2)Author – Candace FlemingPublisher, Year – Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002Book Description: Mr. McGreely plants a garden. Some bunnies decide to taste what he hasplanted every night. Every Day Mr. McGreely is angry at them and puts up things to keep themout. There are lots of sounds. In the end, when Mr. McGreely harvests the vegetables, thebunnies join him in eating the vegetables.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Munch Your VeggiesAudience (for kids include age group) – ages 3-5Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”, pictures of theveggies in the book (made with cardstock and laminating sheets, Velcro)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and when itcomes to the sounds, have the children make those sounds. Then, repeat the story letting thechildren fill in the blanks - may have to ask questions. Focus in on the vegetables, asking whatthey are and their color. May want to have the “bunnies (children)” sort the veggies by colors.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  55. 55. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Lori Heller – Emporia Public LibraryBook Title – Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (Activity #3)Author – Candace FlemingPublisher, Year – Atheneum, 2002Book Description: After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreelytries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Muncha! Muncha! Move!Audience (for kids include age group) – Children and Families, ages 2-7Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”, adequate spacefor practicing locomoter and non-locomotor skillsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) –Upon first reading of the book, encourage the children to use non-locomotor skills…hoeing, sowing, stretching as a garden grows“Yum! Yum! Yummy! –patting tummy,“Mucha! Muncha! Muncha! –pretending to eat when Mr. McGreely is angry-shaking fistbuilding fences, etc. – pretend to hammer“Dive-paddle, Splash! Splash! Splash! – pretend to swimRead the story once again, allowing the children to role play using locomotor skills….“Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat!”“Dig-scrabble, Scratch! Scratch! Scratch!”“Spring-hurdle, Dash! Dash! Dash! Etc.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  56. 56. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Sue McAllaster – Horton Public LibraryBook Title – Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (Activity #4)Author – Candace FlemingPublisher, Year – Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002Book Description: Mr. McGreely wants to plant a vegetable garden. The hungry littlebunnies come at night to munch on his vegetables. See what happens next!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Green MachineAudience (for kids include age group) – K-4th gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”, an energeticaudience of children, MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Divide the children into 2groups: one group will pretend to be Mr. McGreely, the other group will be the bunnies. As thestory is read:The bunnies will hop (tippy tippy pat) munch (open and shut hands) dive and paddle (arms diveand splash motions).Mr. McGreely will pretend to dig, pound with a hammer, saw and do a wiggly, jiggly dance thenclimb, jump, squeeze and crawl.At the end, all will Mucha! Muncha! Muncha!Discuss with the children vegetable foods that are green for example. Explain where they wouldbe on MyPyramid. Ask how many green veggies the children have eaten today. Ask what greenveggies they like. Continue with different colors.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  57. 57. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Sunny Church – West Wyandotte Branch of KCKPLBook Title – LunchAuthor – Denise FlemingPublisher, Year – Henry Holt and Co., 1992Book Description: A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Act Out with a MouseAudience (for kids include age group) – Ages 3 and upMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Lunch”, MyPyramid poster(www.mypyramid.gov/ ), mouse puppet, flannel board with flannel fruits and vegetables (canalso have plastic ones or put pictures on tongue depressors)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story, and then havekids act out as you read the story again. Either have the mouse puppet take flannel board itemsand put on the board or hold up plastic items. Keep the plastic items in a basket and passaround for the kids to pick up. Talk about the colors of the fruits and veggies and where they fitin the MyPyramid poster. Mention fruit and veggie snacks like raw veggies and low fat Ranchdressing dip or fruit pieces dipped in low fat fruited yogurt. Pair this activity with Mouse Paintby Walsh, Great Enormous Turnip by Tolstoy, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Numeroff andSeven Blind Mice by Young.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  58. 58. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Ruthann Crawshaw – McCracken Public LibraryBook Title – Oliver’s VegetablesAuthor – Vivian FrenchPublisher, Year – Orchard Books, 1995Book Description: Oliver is a boy who only ate French fries at home. One day he goes to hisgrandparents who have a garden and he learns a few things about vegetables.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Color Your FoodAudience (for kids include age group) – kindergarten through 3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Oliver’s Vegetables”, MyPyramid poster(www.mypyramid.gov/ ), examples of different vegetables-real, plastic or picturesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Hand out thevegetables to the children to see. Show the MyPyramid poster and explain where the vegetablegroup is located. Ask each child what their vegetable is and what color. Explain that we want toeat vegetables with a variety of different colors for good health.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  59. 59. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Louella Kaiser – WaKeeney Public LibraryBook Title – Food PlayAuthor – Saxton Freymann and Joost ElffersPublisher, Year – Chronicle Books, 2006Book Description: Character faces or animals are made with fruits and veggies. Justpictures, no words.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Food FunAudience (for kids include age group) – Kindergarten, 1st gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Food Play”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) - Done as a circle story, show apicture from the book and have the kids tell a story about the picture using colors, shapes andfoods in their description.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  60. 60. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Judy Wondra – Independent Township - ClaflinBook Title – Fast FoodAuthor – Saxton Freymann and Joost ElffersPublisher, Year - Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006Book Description: Playful text and illustrations invite children to play with their food.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - MovingAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Fast Food”, look through the book at the foodpictures and gather fruits and vegetables to make some of the examples with the children,knife, peeler, cutting boar, toothpicksActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – As you are reading, have thekids perform the activities mentioned: walk (walk around the room), run (run in place), skip(skip in a circle), riding (move like a train or car), hauling (move like a truck hauling a heavyload), flying (move like an airplane), and floating (float still like a boat). Gather the children in agroup and make one or two of the fruit/vegetable examples in the book. Or make ahead andtell the children how you did it, let them touch and feel the examples.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  61. 61. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Sharon Stepter – Delphos Public LibraryBook Title – Why Must I…Exercise?Author – Jackie GaffPublisher, Year - Evans Brothers LTD., 2005Book Description: Discovery Book Series: This is about exercise, stretching, strengthening,breathing, food and sleep.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Stay Fit, Stay Healthy: The Steps to Healthy SuccessAudience (for kids include age group) – 6-12 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Why Must I…Exercise?”, playground or openarea, healthy snacks-fruits and veggies, handouts with MyPyramid poster(www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the childrenand do the motions mentioned. Explain the Five for Life motto: Five activity steps and Five foodgroups for SuccessStep 1: Warm-up: Stretch one arm at a time across the chest and hold. Do arm circles.(shoulder, back and arm muscles)Step 2: Exercise: jog, dance, run, play sports or on outdoor playground equipment, etc.Step 3: Cool Down: Gentle stretching of legs, arms and body.Step 4: Healthy Snacks: Choose snacks from a rainbow of colors for variety. (Provide fruit andveggie snack.)Step 5: Sleep: Have a handout about the hours of sleep needed for each age group.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  62. 62. Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Sharon Snively – Delphos Public LibraryBook Title – Why Must I…Eat Healthy?Author – Jackie GaffPublisher, Year - Evans Brothers LTD., 2005Book Description: Discovery Book Series: The book explains the importance of a healthydiet, the reasons for avoiding too much sugar and fat, and gives a simple explanation of thedigestive system.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Down the Hatch with Healthy Food or Balance My Fruits andVeggiesAudience (for kids include age group) – kindergarten through early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Why Must I…Eat Healthy?”, plastic or bean bagfruits and veggies and other food items, large MyPyramid Diagram (www.mypyramid.gov/ ),Balance Board-a board with plastic cone underneathActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Show and explain the MyPyramid diagram. Have the kids place the food items in theappropriate food groups. Use the Balance Board: Place the fruits and veggies on the board andmake it balance to show a healthy diet with fruits and veggies. Make sure there are severalcolors of fruits and veggies distributed equally. Tell children that if you put all of one color onone side, it won’t balance. If you have any food items that are high sugar and fat, put those onone side of the balance and healthy foods on the other (make sure the high sugar and fat foodsare heavier than the healthy foods side) and show that too many high fat and high sugar foodslead to an unbalanced diet.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287

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