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Fun nutrition and physical activity story time activities for children's librarians

Fun nutrition and physical activity story time activities for children's librarians

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Candis Henel – Cimarron City LibraryBook Title – The Three Little PigsAuthor – A Golden BookPublisher, Year Random House Disney – 2005Book Description: The fairy tale re-told of the three little pigs. They build 3 houses; 2 areweak and 1 is strong.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Don’t Get “Blown Away” by a Bad DietAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Three Little Pigs”, plastic fruits and veggies,MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ ), measuring cups, may want to bring slices of breador other grain products to show servings in the grain groupActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Show the MyPyramid poster and explain the different food groups. Show some examples of theamounts needed to be eaten daily: Grains-6 oz. (show slices of bread, small tortillas, etc.),Vegetables-2-1/2 c. (show measuring cups and plastic examples), Fruits-2 c., Milk- 2 c., Meatand Beans-5-1/2 oz. Play a game with the plastic fruits and veggies. Hold up the food exampleand let the children guess which food pyramid group it goes in. Mention in the story that 2 littlepigs made “weak houses” of straw and sticks. State that if we don’t eat HEALTHY choosingfoods from MyPyramid, we have a weak body that can be “BLOWN AWAY”. If we do eatHEALTHY, we will have a strong body and can’t be “BLOWN AWAY”.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Nancy Stover– Williamsburg Community LibraryBook Title – Eat Your PeasAuthor – Kes GrayPublisher, Year – Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2006Book Description: A little girl doesn’t want to eat her peas. Her mother tries bribing herwith many offers. Finally, the girl tells her mother she will eat the peas, if her mom will eat herBrussels sprouts.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/Vegetable RainbowAudience (for kids include age group) – all age groupsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Eat Your Peas”, pictures of vegetables the kidscan paste, paper, crayons, glue sticks, a handout of recipes using peas for the adults, samples ofpeas to taste, paper plates and plastic spoonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Have the children draw a rainbow on a piece of paper with 5 arches for the different vegetablecolors: Green, Red, Orange/Yellow, Blue/Purple, and White. Have the children color in thearches for each color of vegetable they like or have eaten. Are there any colors of vegetablesthat haven’t been colored? Consider trying a vegetable from that color group. Have kids goahead and color in all the color groups. Give the children pictures of different vegetables andpaste them in the appropriate color group on the rainbow. Talk with the children about “eatingtheir colors”, choosing vegetables and fruits from colors of the rainbow. Mention that if theydon’t like a particular vegetable to keep trying it, sometimes if it is cooked or prepareddifferently they may change their minds. Let children sample peas prepared differently: raw,cooked, frozen, with cheese sauce, etc.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kathleen McConney – Norton Public LibraryBook Title – The Apple Pie TreeAuthor – Zoe HallPublisher, Year – Blue Sky Press, 1996Book Description: The book tells how an apple tree goes from brown and bare to full ofapples; autumn to spring, every year. The apples are then used to make apple pies.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Make an Apple TreeAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Apple Pie Tree”, a large tree pattern (largeenough for a bulletin board) with leaves and branches roughly 5 to 6 inches, red and greenapple cut outs for the kids to use, crayons or washable markers, red and green apples fortasting samplesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Put the tree pattern withbranches and leaves up on the bulletin board. Each child will pick their favorite color apple cutout. Ask the children if there is a different flavor between the apple colors. Each child will puttheir name on their apple cut out and decorate it with crayons or markers. Display thechildren’s apples on the bulletin board with the tree. Talk with children about how trees growand other ways to eat apples. Provide 1 red and 1 green apple slice per child.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Susan Mueller – Herington Public LibraryBook Title – Red Are the ApplesAuthor – Marc Harshman and Cheryl RyanPublisher, Year – Harcourt, Inc., 2006Book Description: The book starts from the dirt and seed, to growing, then harvesting fruitsand vegetables. It also describes the foods to eat and juices to drink, along with preservingfoods.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – GrowingAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre K through 2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Red Are the Apples”, space to move, coloredpaperActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and talk aboutapples as a healthy snack. Lay colored paper shapes on the floor to match the colors in thebook. Have children move to the color then do actions to match words in the book (stretching,climbing, sitting).2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Goldie Harkins– Richmond Public LibraryBook Title – PeasAuthor – Nicholas HellerPublisher, Year – Greenwillow Books, 1993Book Description: A little boy doesn’t like his peas and after refusing to eat them, he has adream that the peas get out of the bowl and go for a ride on his electric train.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Eat Your Peas!Audience (for kids include age group) – 1 year and upMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Peas”, a tableActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and have thekids crawl around like an electric train would move, go under a table, and then pretend to eattheir peas.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Madella Williams – Finney County Public LibraryBook Title – Kitten’s First Full MoonAuthor – Kevin HenkesPublisher, Year - Greenwillow Press, 2004Book Description: Kitten sees her first full moon and thinks it is a bowl of milk.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Milk Does a Body GoodAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Kitten’s First Full Moon”, low fat milk, instantpudding, measuring cup, and instant pudding shakers, paper cups and spoons, MyPyramidposter (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the children do thevarious actions that kitten does as the book is read. After the story is read, talk about thenumber of servings from the MyPyramid milk group (2 servings for this age group) that isrecommended for them each day. Talk about what foods would be in the Milk group. Talkabout drinking milk as a healthy beverage along with water. Make several containers of instantshaker pudding by getting the children to shake it. Point out it takes lots of movement to mixthe pudding. Let the kids eat the pudding for a snack and mention it is a healthy snack becauseof the milk in it.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Sheryl Davidson – Abilene Public LibraryBook Title – Monsters Don’t Eat BroccoliAuthor – Barbara Jean HicksPublisher, Year – Random House, Inc. 2009Book Description: Monsters insist they don’t like broccoli. They’d rather snack on tractors,rocket ships, or wheely steely stew. But the trees they’re munching on look like broccoli!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Monster Snack AttackAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli”, supplies to makemonster headbands (A pattern for a monster headband can be found on page 19 in CarsonDellosa’s “Art Projects for All Seasons” book- ISBN 044222110871), healthy snacks for the kidsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – The phrase “Fum-Fo-Fie-FeeMonsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” is repeated several times. When it’s stated, have the kids standup, stomp like a monster and say these words with you. Talk about how healthy fruits andveggies are to eat. After reading the book, have children make monster headbands. Let thekids help decide what the different foods will be (tractors, rocketships, trees…) and then bemonsters eating their snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Linda Wunderly – Mary Sommerville LibraryBook Title – Bread and Jam for FrancisAuthor – Russell HobanPublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 1992Book Description: Francis, a badger, only wants to eat bread and jam sandwiches for everymeal. Mother badger decides to let Francis eat bread and jam sandwiches for each meal, butsoon decides that she wants other foods too.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Foods I LikeAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool and possibly olderMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bread and Jam for Francis”, food pictureschildren can color, crayons, additional food pictures mentioned in the book, samples of foodsmentioned in the book for tasting, small platesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Read the book and havechildren discuss and color pictures of foods mentioned in the book and their favorite foods. 2.Refer to the book and enjoy the poems describing the foods. 3. Refer to the book and list thefoods her family and friends are eating. 4. Discuss why Francis’ mother let her eat bread andjam at each meal. 5. Discuss why Francis decided to try something else. 6. Allow children totaste foods listed in the book. Let them also taste a sample of a bread and jam sandwich.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: June DeWeese – Enterprise LibraryBook Title – Hot FudgeAuthor – James HowePublisher, Year – Atheneum Books, 2004Book Description: A special batch of fudge disappears. Harold (dog), Chester (cat), Howie(dog) search for the fudge.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Let’s Pretend!Audience (for kids include age group) – Pre-K but could be adapted to older agesMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Hot Fudge”, small servings of fudge for eachchild (when giving fudge talk about proper serving sizes for desserts)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Have kids pretend to be adog wanting fudge. What does the dog do to beg? (bark, sit up, whimper, paw your leg) Whatdoes the dog do when you give it the fudge? (wiggle with joy, lie on the floor and moan –chocolate isn’t good for dogs)2. Pretend to be a little child wanting fudge. How would you act? (jump up and down, excited)How might you act after eating too much? (rub your tummy, lie on the floor and moan2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Bertha Rhoads – Udall Public LibraryBook Title – Don’t Forget the Bacon!Author – Pat HutchinsPublisher, Year – Mulberry Big Books, 1979Book Description: Mom sends her child shopping with money and a basket but no list. Thechild is to remember the list. He gets fresh air, exercise and a lesson in remembering.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Gather Your GoodiesAudience (for kids include age group) – all agesMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Don’t Forget the Bacon!”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and divide thegroup up in teams with an adult in each team. Give each team a verbal list of healthy foods andsend them on a planned trip, like a scavenger hunt. Notify neighbors or selected people whoknow they are coming and will have the food list items on hand. The foods on the verbal listshould be healthy and something that can be eaten as a snack when the teams return. List itemsuggestions: celery, carrots, peanut butter, crackers, juice, low fat microwave popcorn, pretzels,apples, oranges2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Brenda Honea – Horton Public LibraryBook Title – The Doorbell RangAuthor – Pat HutchinsPublisher, Year – Green Willow Books, New York, 1986Book Description: Ma makes cookies to share but not as good as grandma’s.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Sharing, County and CommunicationAudience (for kids include age group) – 1st through 8th gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Doorbell Rang”, bell, cookies (veggies orfruit could be a substitute), napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Then have 1 adult go to another room with a tray of cookies or fruit and veggie samples. Startwith 2 children going into the room after ringing the bell. Have those 2 children figure out howmany food samples there are and how many each of them would get. Now have 2 morechildren ring the bell and go into the room. Have those 2 children figure out how many foodsamples there are and how many all 4 of them would get. Continue this process until all thechildren have entered the room. Explain that sharing with friends is nice and that the morefriends you have to share with, the healthier the portions for cookies and other desserts. Next,have each child choose an exercise to do like jumping jacks, hopping, etc. Depending on whichgroup they were in and how many food samples they thought they were getting; they will dotheir exercise that number of times. Explain how communication is important to figure outproblems and in this case to determine how many food samples they were to get.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kathy Ellison – Topeka Shawnee County Public LibraryBook Title – Bumpety BumpAuthor – Pat HutchinsPublisher, Year – Harper, 2006Book Description: A boy helps his grandfather on the farm, showing the hen that followsthem, all that he can do.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – My GardenAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bumpety Bump”, brown construction paper, avariety of garden seeds with pictures matching the seeds, crayonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the childrenand let them know that now they will be making a Garden/Eat Your Colors chart. Give eachchild a piece of brown construction paper which is their “garden”. They will make 3 gardenrows across the sheet of paper with crayons. To the left of each row, have each child glue apicture of a vegetable. Then give the children seeds for each of the vegetable pictures theyhave chosen. Let the children glue the seeds in the row with the appropriate picture. Talk aboutthe different colors of fruits and veggies. Encourage children to “eat their colors” and theirgarden picture will remind them.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Eric Coulbourne – Great Bend Public LibraryBook Title – I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a PieAuthor – Alison JacksonPublisher, Year - Dutton Children’s Books, 1997Book Description: Classic “old lady who swallowed a fly”, only it’s a pie. A nice book aboutthe Thanksgiving story.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Parachute Food FunAudience (for kids include age group) – 5 years old through early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie”, aparachute, stuffed toy representations of pie, cider, squash, salad, turkey, potatoes, cake,breadActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have children form a circlearound the parachute. Show them how to ripple the parachute. As you read the story, toss ineach stuffed toy item that the old lady has eaten. Have the children repeat what the lady haseaten. In the end, raise the parachute and gather under it and say “the lady is full”! You can talkabout healthy portion sizes of these stuffed food items so that you won’t over eat and get toofull!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Tram Nguyen – Mulvane Public LibraryBook Title – Move!Author – Steve Jenkins and Robin PagePublisher, Year – Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006Book Description: An introduction to motion in the animal kingdom.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Move and Groove!Audience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Move!” animal pictures or toys to assistActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – As the librarian reads thebook, have the participants act out the motions in the book. Afterwards, show toys or picturesof animals and see what motions they would make. (Select animals not already listed in thebook.) Example: How does a kangaroo move? (If participants have trouble, have the toy jumplike a kangaroo.)2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: UnknownBook Title – Little Bunny Foo Foo : Told and Sung by the Good FairyAuthor – Paul Brett JohnsonPublisher, Year – Scholastic, Inc. 2004Book 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 – Bunny’s Walk Through the ForrestAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool through age 8Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “Little Bunny Foo Foo: Told and Sung by theGood Fairy”, pictures of animals and a fairyActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the book, havekids march through the aisles pretending it’s the forest. At various spots they can pretend theyare the animals (mice, woodchucks, foxes, bears) doing actions like the animals and the fairy. Atthe end of the book, the fairy waves her wand and declares, “Hare today, Goon tomorrow”.Bunny learns he can be turned into a “goon” for his naughty behavior.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Leah Oswala – Iola Public LibraryBook Title – The Wolf’s Chicken Stew (Activity #1)Author – Keiko KaszaPublisher, Year – G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1987Book Description: Wolf tries to fatten up the chicken for a chicken stew he’s been cravingonly to find out that all the extra servings of sweets he was leaving for the chicken were beingfed to all her little chicks.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Sweetness RelayAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre K through 2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Wolf’s Chicken Stew”, a big stew pot,wooden spoon, 12 small round paper plates (pancakes), 12 plastic rings to stack (doughnuts),12 different size boxes to stackActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Divide children into teams.Divide game pieces between teams and place at one end of the room with the teams at theother end of the room. Have a relay with the children racing to bring back a game piece andstack it. The first team to finish and bring back all the pieces gets to bang the stewpot. Talkabout healthy portions of foods and that sharing sweets with someone is better than eating thewhole thing.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Linda Seymore – Barnard LibraryBook Title – The Wolf’s Chicken Stew (Activity #2)Author – Keiko KaszaPublisher, Year – South China Printing Co., 1987Book Description: A bad wolf who loves to eat, wants chicken stew. He finds a chicken andplans to cook it, but it’s too skinny. The wolf goes about “fattening” the chicken by feeding herunhealthy foods. See what happens…Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Fatten the Chicken with Healthier ChoicesAudience (for kids include age group) – First through 3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Wolf’s Chicken Stew”, MyPyramid poster(www.mypyramid.gov/ ), examples of different foods in the story and in MyPyramid-real,plastic or picturesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Show theMyPyramid poster and identify what was unhealthy about Wolf’s food choices and which partof the pyramid his choices were from. (Example: donuts-grains food group but at the top of thepyramid with higher fat and sugar foods-eat less and/or smaller portions). Suggest healthierfoods like whole grains, low fat milk, fruits and veggies, and lean meats and beans. Reinforcethat kids should “eat their colors”. Have each child pick food items from each of the pyramidslices and make their own “menu” of foods for fattening up the chicken. The leader couldchoose the top one, two or three examples form the group’s menus.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Virginia Shepard – Ogden Public LibraryBook Title – Johnny AppleseedAuthor – Steven Kellogg (A Tall Tale Retold and Illustrated by)Publisher, Year – Harper Collins Publishing, 1988Book Description: The story of how apple trees were planted across the country.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Healthy Apples EverywhereAudience (for kids include age group) – 2-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Johnny Appleseed”, sharp knife, apples, low fatcream cheese or peanut butter, plastic knives, miniature marshmallows, napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the kids. Talkabout how apples are a healthy snack to eat. Pretend to plant apple seeds—dig and water.Make Apple Smile Snacks: Have an adult core and slice the apples in thin slices. Let childrenspread peanut butter or low fat cream cheese on one side of an apple slice and sprinkle withmarshmallows. Then, have them spread another apple slice side and press together with themarshmallows in the middle making a “smile”.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Sharon Triebel – Edna Public LibraryBook Title – Choco-LouieAuthor – Jeff KindleyPublisher, Year – Bantam Books, 1996Book Description: A chocolate lover takes a challenge from his brother to do withoutchocolate for a week. He will get his brother’s skateboard if he wins.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – MyPyramid BalanceAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Choco-Louie”, pictures of healthy foods andsnacks from MyPyramid, a MyPyramid posterActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Show kids the MyPyramidposter and explain the healthy foods in it. Talk about how eating too much chocolate puts thefood pyramid out of balance and leaves them with less energy and maybe feeling sick. Helpchildren place food pictures in the MyPyramid food groups. Encourage each child to take theirpicture to the MyPyramid placed on the floor, using a different body movement, such ashopping, jumping, crawling, etc.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Jean Schlegel – Ness City Public LibraryBook Title – How Do You Read to a Rabbit?Author – Andrea Wayne von KonigslowPublisher, Year - Annick Press, 2010Book Description: Everyone likes a bedtime story, but have you every read to an animal?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, “How Do You Read to a Rabbit?”, pictures or thenames of each animal in the story written out, music CD and playerActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Next, lay down pictures of the animals or the names written out in a circle on the floor, all facedown, but one. Have the children stand by a picture. Play music (suggest “The Lion SleepsTonight”) and the children walk around the circle. When the music stops, the child in front ofthe turned up picture/name of the animal acts or walks like that animal. Turn anotherpicture/name up and continue until all animals have been turned over.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Wendy Mitchell – Clay Center Carnegie LibraryBook Title – Excuse Me!Author – Lisa KopelkePublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 2003Book Description: Frog loves to eat and loves to burp. He gets in trouble for burping andsent away. Later he realizes that it is okay to burp but polite to say “excuse me”.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Excuse Me! Froggy RelayAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre-K through first gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Excuse Me!” chairs, tapeActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have kids practice saying,“excuse me”. Divide into 2 groups. Kids hop like a frog from one end of the room and back, oraround a chair, or to a line and back. When they reach the end they must tell the next child inline, “excuse me” before they can start hoping.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Stacey Strickland – Stevens County LibraryBook Title – Punk FarmAuthor – Jarrett J. KrosoczkaPublisher, Year - Alfred A. Knopf, 2005Book Description: When Farmer Joe goes to bed, the farm comes alive with the sounds ofthe farm animal’s rock band, “Punk Farm”! A “rock” version of Old MacDonald. Very cute!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Air BandAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-7 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Punk Farm”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Before you begin reading; prepthe kids in different “Air Band” actions. Cow=Drums (Boom, crash instead of “Moo”)Pig=Electric Guitar (Ray-roo-ree instead of “Oink”) Chicken=Keyboard (Beep, beep instead of“Cluck”) Goat=Bass (Brum, brum instead of “Baaa”) Children also need to act out as a crowdgoing WILD! Include lots of jumping, clapping, and cheering. As you read, the children are to actout the various instruments, and many will even sing along. Note: Put a lot of your inner rockstar into the reading! Be crazy and creative!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Careasa Griffith – Kanopolis Public LibraryBook Title – Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?Author – Bonnie Lass and Philemon SturgesPublisher, Year - Little Brown and Co., 2000Book Description: Skunk is trying to figure out who took the cookies from the cookie jar.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Who has the Cookies?Audience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?”,cookies made from construction paper or other materials, masks or stick puppets representingthe animals, Teddy Grahams for the “cookies” as a snackActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Assign each child an animalfrom the book for them to be and tell them who to “accuse”. Give the “ant” the cookies to hidebehind them. Have the children stand in a circle with the “skunk” in the middle. The readerreads the story and “skunk” walks to each animal to ask about the cookies. At the end, “ant”hands “cookies” out to everyone. The children eat and then play some more.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Terry Born – Graves Memorial Public LibraryBook Title – Lunch at the Zoo (Activity #1)Author – Brenda Cartee LeePublisher, Year – Little Cottage Books, 2003Book Description: The book is about zoo animals and what they eat.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Move Like an AnimalAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-6 or 7 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Lunch at the Zoo”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Show the children thedifferent animals in the book and what they eat for breakfast and during the day. Mention thatfruits and veggies are good for humans to eat too. Have each child or several children move likethe animals about the room.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Melinda Hall – Eureka Public LibraryBook Title – Lunch at the Zoo (Activity #2)Author – Brenda Cartee LeePublisher, Year – Little Cottage Books, 2003Book Description: A little boy does not want to eat the food his mother has prepared.Instead he goes to the zoo to eat his meals with the animals. What a surprise when he discoversthe food the animals eat is very much the same as that his mother has prepared.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 on a Food Hunt!Audience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Lunch at the Zoo”, pictures of animals and theirfood to put at the different stations, snack-food samples from the book, plates or napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Based on the favorite rhyme,“Let’s Go on a Bear Hunt”, the leader reads the book to the children. Next, lead the group on afood hunt through the zoo. The children will move from station (where animal pictures andfood examples are displayed) to station as they follow the story. While moving, children canalso do the actions appropriate for the animals in the book. Conclude with snacks.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Cathy Sherfick – WaKeeney LibraryBook Title – Lunch at the Zoo (Activity #3)Author – Brenda Cartee LeePublisher, Year – Little Cottage Books, 2003Book Description: A little boy doesn’t like his breakfast so he went to the zoo to see whatthe animals eat.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Bend and Stretch to eat like the AnimalsAudience (for kids include age group) - PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Lunch at the Zoo”, Prepare ahead paper ears,noses and tails so kids can wear and distinguish between the different animal. Bowls, trays andplastic food itemsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) - Note that some animals sit toeat and others stand to eat. Have some children wear the paper ears, noses and tails andpretend to be the different zoo animals. Have other children act out the zoo keepers bringingthe food on trays and in bowls to the animals for each meal. Instruct the children to bend downlike the standing animals eating from the tray of food on the ground. Now have the childrenpretend they must get the fruit up in high trees to feed the birds, so they must reach andstretch up high.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: UnknownBook Title – Lunch at the Zoo (Activity #4)Author – Brenda Cartee LeePublisher, Year – Little Cottage Books, 2003Book Description: Little Bubba Baxter doesn’t like to eat what he should. He ran away tothe zoo and decided to eat what the animals do.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Run and Play Like the Animals at the ZooAudience (for kids include age group) – kindergarten and first gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Lunch at the Zoo”, pictures of zoo animals-monkey, zebra, parrot, lion, tiger, raccoon, warthog, goat, gorilla, owl, elephant, pink and whiteflamingoesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the story, talkabout the animals in the story. Hold up pictures of the animals one at a time and the studentsmay “run and play” like the animals. Continue until you have completed all the pictures of theanimals or all the animals mentioned in the book.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Khrista Branson – Protection Township LibraryBook Title – Lunch at the Zoo (Activity #5)Author – Brenda Cartee LeePublisher, Year - Little Cottage Books, 2003Book Description: Bright bold pictures with rhyming text talking about foods that healthyzoo animals eat.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Learn and Play with Yummy Good FoodsAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool and kindergartenMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Lunch at the Zoo”, animal pictures, plasticfoods or pictures of foods(include healthy MyPyramid foods and some higher fat and sugarfoods), a large food pyramid (made out of construction paper- www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – As you are reading the book,hold up a picture of the animal that is on the current page and talk about what it eats. Have apile of plastic foods or pictures in front of you and have one or two children come up and picksome of the foods to feed the animal. While feeding the animal, allow a 3rd child to do theactions that animal would do. Continue reading the book and having children “feed” and “actlike” the different animals. When done reading the book, have the kids notice what foods areleft (the higher fat and sugar foods, which may be considered junk food). Talk about why it isimportant to limit the “junk foods” that we eat and eat plenty of the healthier foods choices.Talk about MyPyramid and have the kids put the foods in the appropriate food groups.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Cari Cusick – Hesston Public LibraryBook Title – Froggy Learns to SwimAuthor – Jonathan LondonPublisher, Year – Scholastic, Inc., 1995Book Description: Froggy is afraid to swim but works up the courage with help from hismom and his flippers.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Fun with FroggyAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through mid-elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Froggy Learns to Swim”, items to markstart/finish lines, flippers (optional)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have a discussion and ask kidsabout their favorite activities (swimming, running, basketball, etc.). Were there any activitiesthey were afraid to try that they now enjoy? Any activities they still are afraid to try? How canthey overcome their fear? Split kids into even groups for relay races. Have teams line up with aclear start and finish line. For the relay, kids are to mimic their favorite activity while “running”the relay. (Alternately, if you had flippers, have kids run the relay with flippers.) If possible,hand out passes/coupons to local pool/water park.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Willie Markham – Parsons Public LibraryBook Title – Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3Author – Bill Marin Jr. and Michael SampsonPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004Book Description: Counting book that involves numbers climbing up an apple tree.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Apple Relay RaceAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3”, apples, bell, largenumber flash cards, bagsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Line the children up on oneside of the room and the apple on the other side of the room. Give each child a bag. The leaderholds up a flash card from 1 to 10. The children will then walk quickly over to the other side ofthe room and bring back the number of apples that were on the card and put in their bag.Repeat until all apples are off of the floor and in the children’s bags.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Barb Schul – Parents as Teachers-HoltonBook Title – Good for Me and You (Activity #1)Author – Mercer MayerPublisher, Year – Harper Festival, 2004Book Description: Little Critter learns about nutrition and exercise in school. He takesinformation home and shares with family and friends.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Let’s Get ActiveAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Good for Me and You”, rope, wooden block,“Jack Be Nimble” rhyme cards laminated for each child to take home, fruit slices for snacks,napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children,and then provide different movement activities. Have them try to do push-ups like Little Critterdoes in the story. Jumping rope might be difficult but have the children jump over a ropestretched on the ground. Races could be done if space permits, but if not; the children couldcrawl, walk backwards, and hop instead of running.Talk about the food choices in the book; of an apple instead of a brownie, salad for the family,snacks at the race. Provide fruit slices for the children to eat as a snack. Send home a laminatedactivity rhyme, “Jack Be Nimble” and show them how to jump over the wooden block instead ofa candlestick.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Jennifer Kenney – Phillipsburg City LibraryBook Title – Good For Me and You (Activity #2)Author – Mercer MayerPublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 2004Book Description: The book talks about eating healthy with more vegetables and fruits formore energy to play. It emphasizes that exercise is fun!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Eat Right to Play RightAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool through early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Good For Me and You”, room to move,assorted vegetable and fruit seediesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story and talk aboutthe healthy messages with the children: eating fruits and veggies, exercising, etc. Play avegetable version of “Duck, Duck, Goose”. It’s called “Squash, Squash, Broccoli”. The childrenset in a circle. One child runs around the outside of the circle and drops the broccoli seediebehind another child. He or she picks it up and races around to the empty spot.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Patricia Horn – Glasco City LibraryBook Title – Happy and HealthyAuthor – Sindy McKayPublisher, Year - Treasure Bay, Inc., 2002Book Description: The book shows active play and exercise, the value of sleep andrelaxation, and nutrition as fuel for a healthy body.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Flannel Board Food PyramidAudience (for kids include age group) – 5-7 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Happy and Healthy”, plastic or bean bag fruitsand veggies and other food items, MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ ), a Flannel Boardwith a blank MyPyramid diagram, pictures of fruits and veggiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Show and explain the MyPyramid poster. Show the MyPyramid flannel board and have the kidsplace the fruit and veggie pictures in the appropriate food groups. For younger kids, you canhave colors of the MyPyramid food groups and have the kids match the colors on the pyramid.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Phyllis Tucker – Smith Center Public LibraryBook Title – Flabby TabbyAuthor – Penny McKinlayPublisher, Year – Francis Lincoln Limited, 2005Book Description: Tabby eats and sleeps and is carried everywhere…until the family gets anew active kitten. Tabby decides to start a Secret Feline Fitness Plan!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Secret Feline Fitness!Audience (for kids include age group) – Preschool through 2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Flabby Tabby”, room to moveActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Re-read andlet the children do the exercises with Tabby. 1. Stretching 2. Sit-ups 3. Press-ups 4. Star jumps(jumping jacks) 5. Jog in place 6. Jump in place 7. Pretend to climb curtains 8. Two-foot jump 9.Balance on one foot 10. Slide side to sideDo exercises 1-5 slowly, 6-8 fast, and 9-10 carefully.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Sarah Wamsley – Healthy Kids ChallengeBook Title – Eating WellAuthor – Melanie MitchellPublisher, Year – Lerner Publishing Group, 2006Book Description: A book with colorful multicultural photographs depicting young childreneating and enjoying a variety of delicious and healthy foods from MyPyramid. General Servingsizes are taught for each food group and physical activity is emphasized as well. A good basicintroduction to the concepts of MyPyramid.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Healthy MyPyramid FoodsAudience (for kids include age group) – early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Eating Well”, masking tape or painters tape,name tags for the 5 major MyPyramid food groups: Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Meat andBeans, many pictures of foods from MyPyramidActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the childrenand talk about all the healthy foods in MyPyramid. Ask each child to name a food they like toeat and help them “discover” which food group in MyPyramid it would fit. If combination foodsare mentioned, help them see all the different food groups that are in that food item!(example: pizza)Now, create a MyPyramid on the floor with masking or painter’s tape. Place the food groupname tags in the appropriate locations. Give each child 4-5 pictures of foods. Let them placethose foods in the appropriate food group on the floor pyramid. Tell the kids they are to “fill upthe pyramid with healthy foods”!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Freda Edwards – Altamont Public LibraryBook Title – Pino and the Signora’s PastaAuthor – Janet PedersenPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2005Book Description: All cats love the signora’s pasta except for Pino. Something is missing. Hesearches for the missing ingredient and finds it is love and tolerance.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Trying New FoodsAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Pino and the Signora’s Pasta”, samples ofdifferent foods to taste test, plates for samplesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the book, tellchildren it is good to try different foods. Provide samples of different foods like whole grainpasta and different fruits and veggies that they can try.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Nicole Oelschlaeger – Linwood Community LibraryBook Title – Amazing Anthony AntAuthor – Lorna and Graham PhilpotPublisher, Year – Random House, 1994Book Description: Anthony Ant goes marching and is sidetracked with many activities.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Marching with AnthonyAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Amazing Anthony Ant”, apple slices, peanutbutter, raisins, plastic knives, napkins and small paper platesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the children stand in acircle while marching, singing and clapping as you read the story. Let the children take turnslifting the flaps on the pages of the book. After the story, have the children sit around the tableand put peanut butter and raisins on apple slices for their snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kim Priest – Mary Cotton Public LibraryBook Title – The Little Red HenAuthor – Jerry PinkneyPublisher, Year – Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin, 2006Book Description: Hardback, fully illustrated edition of the classic fable of the hen that isforced to do all the work of baking bread and of the animals who learn a bitter lesson from it.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Baking Bread/Whole GrainAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 year olds and parentsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Little Red Hen”, wheat kernels, flour, yeast,salt, water, fresh bread, jamActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Ask a child tobe the hen, others can respond as the other animals. Talk about sharing responsibilities andworking together. Activity: Show how to bake bread (K-State Bread in a Bag for kids activity)Make 2 loaves ahead of time to have on hand and serve slices with jam.Simple recipe:2c. Warm water-110 degrees F1 pkg. Quick Yeast1 tbsp. salt and 1 tbsp. sugar3-5 c. whole wheat flourStir together water and yeast. Add salt and sugar. Add flour 1c. at a time until it forms a ball.Knead about 5 mins. and form into 2 loaves. Put in loaf pans – let rise and bake at 350 degreesfor 35-40 mins.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Mary Asher – Mound City - Mary Sommerville LibraryBook Title – The Tale of Peter RabbitAuthor – Beatrix PotterPublisher, Year – Frederick Warne and Co., 2008Book Description: The story of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable Garden AdventureAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, prepare an obstaclecourse for “Peter” (the children) to escape the garden-through a tunnel, under the fence,around a flower pot (use boxes, pillows and such to go over, under and around), cards withveggie and fruit pictures, snack samples of fruits and veggies cut up (from the book) or bread,low fat milk and blackberries, MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Read the book to thechildren. 2. Show the food cards and have children place them in the “garden” on the floor. 3.Set up the obstacle course and let the kids go through it pretending to be Peter escaping. (Anychild who doesn’t go in the obstacle course can be the bunny siblings at home in the burrow.) 4.After going through the obstacle course, gather the kids and show them the MyPyramid posterand explain the food groups. Have each child place the food card in the appropriate food groupon the poster. 5. Have snacks and while children are eating, discuss why Peter’s mother didn’twant him to go to Mr. McGregor’s garden. Where else could Peter have gotten food? Where doyou get food?2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: George Seamon - Northwest Kansas Library SystemBook Title – Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good for You (Activity #1)Author – Tish RabePublisher, Year – Random House Children’s Books, 2001Book Description: Dr. Seuss’s lovable characters, The Cat in the Hat, returns with greathealth advice for children, such as exercising, eating right, washing your hands, and brushingyour teeth.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Ee–hip-en-hop Pyramid Relay GameAudience (for kids include age group) – 4-10 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Oh, the things you can do that are good foryou!”, colored scarves or buckets, color coordinated food cards, two diceActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book. Explain theMyPyramid food groups and foods. Put the scarves or buckets at the opposite end of the room.Place a pile of color coordinated food cards between two lines of kids. One die for each team.The teams select a food group. A team member rolls the die and places that number of foodcards on their head and runs, hops, etc. with the cards to the matching food group bucket orscarf. Place the cards on their heads next to the scarf or in the bucket and return the line for thenext team member to go. First team to get through the food items for their group wins.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Teresa Wells – Council Grove Public LibraryBook Title – Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good for You (Activity #2)Author – Tish RabePublisher, Year – Random House, 2001Book Description: The Cat in the Hat returns with great health advice for children, such asexercising, eating right, washing your hands, and brushing your teeth.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Family Food and FunAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre K through 5th gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good forYou”, food pictures from the different food groups, music CD and player, large area to playActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – From a healthy family nightevent: In the gym, food pictures were laid on the floor. The kids ran around the gym whilelistening to music. Once the music stopped, the kids had to find a food picture. In a bucket wereother food pictures from the food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meat and beans.The leader drew a picture from the bucket. Those kids that had food pictures that belonged tothe food group that was picked were out of the game and allowed to dance on the sideline. Thegame continued until all the food groups had been shown.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jaclyn White – Rossville Community LibraryBook Title – Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good for You (Activity #3)Author – Tish RabePublisher, Year – Random House, 2001Book Description: Learn about staying healthy by the Cat in the Hat, from eating right andgetting enough exercise and sleep, to having a positive body image, to the distance and speedof a typical sneeze!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Staying HealthyAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool to young elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good forYou”, a fan, crepe paper or ribbon, glitter, tape, paper towels, soap and water(best to use arestroom), magazines with food pictures, gluesticks, paperActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Read the book to thechildren. 2. Show the kids how far and fast sneezes travel by taping crepe paper or ribbon to afan and turning it on high. Your “sneeze-meter” is on page 10. 3. Show the kids the importanceof washing with soap long enough. Put glitter on hands and wipe with a paper towel. It won’tcome off. Wash hands with only water. Still doesn’t come off. Wash with soap and water (whilesinging the alphabet song to tell how long to wash). Glitter is gone! 4. Have kids cut out foodpictures from magazines if they are able or have some already cut. Give each family aMyPyramid poster and have the children glue the food pictures to it in the appropriate foodgroups. 5. Demonstrate sneezing into your elbow and have the children practice this healthybehavior. During cold and flu season, give a handout to each family on tips to stay healthy (fromthe book and other resources).2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Jules Tompkins – Stanton County LibraryBook Title – Yo! Yes?Author – Chris RaschkaPublisher, Year - Scholastic Books, 1993Book Description: Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street andbecome friends.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Boys Becoming FriendsAudience (for kids include age group) – kindergarten through 5th gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Yo! Yes?”, fruit, a basketballActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the childrenand at the point the boys drink water; mention that it is a healthy drink to drink. At the pointthat the boys eat fruit; mention it is a healthy snack to eat. Ask kids what their favorite fruitsare and if they would be willing to eat them as snacks. Pair up the kids, boys with boys, girlswith girls. Read the story again and have the kids act out the parts as you read. Talk aboutmaking friends and how it’s important to listen, share (fruit), have similar interests (basketball)and show kindness toward each other.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Barbara Mathews – Baldwin City LibraryBook Title – Good Night, GorillaAuthor – Peggy RathmannPublisher, Year – G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1994Book Description: A board book about zoo animalsNutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Escape from the ZooAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Good Night, Gorilla”, open floor space, paperplates, crayons or markers, plastic fruits or veggies from examples in the bookActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – The librarian will make animalfaces of those mentioned in the story out of paper plates or let the kids do the animals faces, ifold enough. Walk through the story, moving around the room pretending to let each animal outof its cage. Turn out the lights in the room and blackout pages in the story, if appropriate. Givethe plastic fruits/veggies to the children for the animals to eat-banana for the monkey, etc. Useplastic keys for the zookeeper (librarian).2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Julianne Newberry – Tonganoxie LibraryBook Title – Alphabite! A Funny Feast from A to ZAuthor – Charles Reasoner and Vicky HardtPublisher, Year – Price, Stern, Sloan, Inc. 1989Book Description: Move through the alphabet and look at a food for each letter. At the end,see who ate all that food.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Food SortAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool and a little olderMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Alphabite! A Funny Feast from A to Z”,MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ ), pictures of each food from the book, constructionpaper or craft paper, tape, markerActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. After reading,hand out a food picture(or more than one) to each child. Talk about each food and discuss theMyPyramid poster. Help the kids decide what category each food picture goes in. Tape eachpicture to the MyPyramid poster in the proper category. Alternate Activity: Have smaller scalefood pictures and a sheet of construction paper for each child. Talk about what category eachfood picture fits in MyPyramid. Glue the pictures on the construction paper going across in thecategories of the pyramid: Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Meat and Beans.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Erin Dodson – Haysville Community LibraryBook Title – Looking for a MooseAuthor – Phyllis RootPublisher, Year – Candlewick Press, 2006Book Description: Children hike through different terrain on their quest to find a moose.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Moose HuntAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre K and early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Looking for a Moose”, stuffed moose, writtenout clues, “moose mix”-trail mix, small paper cups or baggies for trail mixActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the book, takethe children on a moose hunt. Using pre-made clues, use the first clue to take you to where the2nd clue is hidden, and so on. Use as many clues as you want eventually leading you to thestuffed moose, who is ready to share “moose mix” with the children for a job well done.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Leanna Heth – Ottawa LibraryBook Title – Little PeaAuthor – Amy Krouse RosenthalPublisher, Year – Chronicle Books, 2005Book Description: The story of Little Pea who hates to eat what he is forced to eat fordinner—CANDY. In a reverse story of getting a child to eat something healthy, Little Pea has toeat 5 pieces of candy in order to get spinach dessert.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Peas on the MoveAudience (for kids include age group) – 3 and olderMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Little Pea”, a parachute, green ball (torepresent Little Pea), circles of green construction paper, crayons, CD of music and CD playerActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Talk with them about how Little Pea’s life is like theirs, and how it is different. Discuss howphysically active Little Pea is. Ask if they would want to eat candy every night. Get out theparachute, play music, and have the children try to keep “Little Peas” (green ball) on theparachute while they move the parachute up and down and rotate it. After the activity, let thechildren make their own “Little Pea” doing a physical activity like swinging, bouncing, rolling,hopping, etc. Give each child a green construction paper circle and crayons to draw their LittlePea being physically active.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Amelia Daniels – Columbus Public LibraryBook Title – Wild Boars CookAuthor – Meg Rosoff and Sophie BlackallPublisher, Year – Henry Holt and Company, 2008Book Description: Wild boars are very hungry and plan on making the most deliciouspudding in the world. After they make the pudding, they find they are all still hungry. Nowwhat? Can they continue to work together and make something else?Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – How to Show Manners and Work TogetherAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Wild Boars Cook”, pretend ingredients/foodsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the children pretend tomake something like the wild boars did, with the play ingredients/foods. Talk about healthysnack choices they could eat, like mozzarella cheese sticks or fruits and veggies. Also have themshow how they can have good manners while eating their pretend snack, since the boars didnot.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Kathy Leon – Bucklin Public LibraryBook Title – Gracie and GrandmaAuthor – Iben SandemosePublisher, Year - MacKenzie Smiles LLC, 2007Book Description: Grandma picks up Gracie from school to take her home, but Graciedecides there are a number of places she wants to visit along the way.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Following GracieAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through 2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Gracie and Grandma”, space to move,MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the kids.Explain that they are now going to act out the actions that Gracie does during her trip homefrom school. In addition, they will talk about MyPyramid and identify the food groups of thedifferent foods in the book.Page 2: Identify the MyPyramid food groups on the table. Talk about healthy choices to eat.Page 3: Pretend you’re sliding like Gracie is on pillows.Page 4: Wash your hands.Page 5: Put on boots.Page 6: Spin around (sitting up).Page 7: Put on hat, mittens, snowsuit and boots.Page 8: Identify where muffins fit in the MyPyramid food groups. Are the muffins Gracie’smaking, tasty?Page 9: Identify the food group for chicken wings.Page 10: Let’s count how many chicken bones they ate.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Page 11: Have the kids pretend they are flying up the stairs, dipping for each stair.Page 12: Identify where cheese fits in the food groups.Page 14: Pretend to wrap up in a big towel.Page 15: Wash dishes.Page 16: Identify the food groups for fish and carrots.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Amy Ramsey – Wichita Public LibraryBook Title – The Monster Who Ate My PeasAuthor – Danny SchnitzleinPublisher, Year – Peachtree Publishers, 2001Book Description: A boy doesn’t like to eat his peas. He makes a deal with a monster thateats vegetables in exchange for something of his.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Flannel Board – Match the ColorsAudience (for kids include age group) – 4-6 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Monster Who Ate My Peas”, flannel board,flannel pieces glued to backs of colored laminated pictures of fruits and vegetablesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Put several different colors ofvegetables and fruits on the flannel board. Explain what each one is called and what color it is.For older children, also ask what letter it starts with. Ask the children which fruit or vegetablethey really love to eat. Then hold up another fruit or vegetable and ask them to tell you whichfruit or vegetable matches it in color. Go through all your examples until all are matched.Example: Hold up a red apple, match it with a red pepper. Put both away and move onto thenext until all are off the flannel board.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Rachel Jones – Glen Elder LibraryBook Title – Elephant SoupAuthor – Ingrid and Dieter SchubertPublisher, Year - Lemniscaat Publishing House, 2010Book Description: Mice try to cook an elephant. Turns out there are better things to do withan elephant.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Vegetable SoupAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool to early elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Elephant Soup”, large room with space tomove, plastic vegetables, elephant stuffed animal, a pot, cut-up veggies (tomatoes, carrots,cucumbers) and low fat cheese for a snack, napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Tell them they are going to make their own Elephant Soup. Have the children stand on one sideof the room with a pile of plastic veggies before them. Give a group of 4 children a weightedpot. They must carry the pot together (teamwork) to a location on the other side of the room.Have the kids leave the pot and return to the rest of the children. Now have each child pick up aplastic vegetable and one by one, they will run over and place the veggie in the pot. Have thelast child bring over the stuffed elephant to put in the pot. Oh no! Too big! Have the childrenbring back the pot and work together to “clean up”. Serve your “little mice” a healthy snack ofveggies and cheese with praise for working together!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Mary Jane Biltz – Haven Public LibraryBook Title – If You Hopped Like a FrogAuthor – David M. SchwartzPublisher, Year – Scholastic Inc., 1999Book Description: The book shows what you could do if you had the abilities of somespecial animals.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, “If You Hopped Like a Frog”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book about all thedifferent animals. Talk about all the actions of each animal. Then reread the book with thechildren acting out the animal actions.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Cheryl Ptacek – Lang Memorial LibraryBook Title – The Tooth BookAuthor – by Dr. Seuss written as Theo. LeSiegPublisher, Year – Random House, 2003Book Description: A board book about taking care of your teeth.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Promote SmilesAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Tooth Book”, felt board and pictures offoods from the book, tooth brushes for each childActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Hand outpictures of foods, including fruits and veggies and high refined sugar foods. Have the kids selectthe foods that help you have a nice smile (fruits, veggies, milk, etc.) and put on the felt board.Let the kids pick out the foods that create cavities (high refined sugar foods) and ruin smiles.Send kids home with tooth brushes to keep smiling!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Sharon DuBois – Jay Johnson Public Library-QuinterBook Title – Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Activity #1)Author – Mitchell SharmatPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 1980; Scholastic, Inc., 2009Book Description: Gregory is a goat who likes to eat fruits, veggies, meat, eggs and goodfood;, not cans, newspaper and other supposed “goat food”.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Terrible EaterAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Gregory, the Terrible Eater”, props- tin can, oldnewspaper, old clothes, food puppets/models, MyPyramid floor matActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Roll play the story. Place animage or floor mat of MyPyramid on the floor. Show the different food groups and point outthese are healthy foods to eat. Talk about cookies and chips and how those foods we should eatsmaller amounts or less often. Gregory’s parents worry that he isn’t eating regular “goat food”like tin cans and newspaper. He wants fruits and vegetables! Placing the food puppets/modelson the pyramid, talk about eating balanced, healthy foods.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Diedre Mapes – Dorothy Bramlage LibraryBook Title – Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Activity #2)Author – Mitchell SharmatPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster Books, 1980Book Description: The story is about Gregory, the goat who wants to eat healthy food. Buthis parents try to get him to eat junk until he gets sick.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Building Gregory’s PyramidAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Gregory, the Terrible Eater”, flash cards of thefood in the front and back of the bookActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the kids take the flashcards from both healthy human food vs. goat food. Then have the kids build a pyramid oneither the floor or flannel board of goat food vs. healthy human food. You could also have thekids match the goat food with the human food.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Ann Reeves – Great Bend Public LibraryBook Title – It Looked Like Spilt MilkAuthor – Charles G. ShawPublisher, Year - Harper Collins, 1988Book Description: Discover the shapes that are made from spilt milk.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Milk DiscoveriesAudience (for kids include age group) – 2-6 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “It Looked Like Spilt Milk”, low fat milk, milkflavorings like chocolate and strawberry, cups, spoon for stirring, Elmer’s white glue,construction paper, strawsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.As an activity, put a dollop of glue on each child’s construction paper and let the children blowthrough a straw to form shapes on their paper. After finishing their designs, let them sit to dry.Gather the children and let them sample plain milk, and milk with added flavorings. Have themvote which flavor they like best. Tell them that milk is a healthy snack and meal beveragebecause of the calcium in it which builds strong teeth and bones. Mention that they sampled“low fat” milk, which is a healthier choice than whole milk.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Leesa Shafer – Spearville Township LibraryBook Title – Big PumpkinAuthor – Erica SilvermanPublisher, Year - MacMillan Publishing Co., 1992Book Description: A witch trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value ofcooperation when she gets help from a series of monsters.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - SortingAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through 2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Big Pumpkin”, plastic fruits and veggies orcards with colored picturesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Then have them sort the vegetables and fruits by color, then by size, then by what are their“favorite” fruits and veggies. During this time talk to kids about ways to eat more fruits andveggies such as snacks, at meals-fresh, frozen or canned, etc.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Susan Huddleston – Wamego Public LibraryBook Title – Fall is for FriendsAuthor – Suzy SpaffordPublisher, Year – Scholastic Books, 2003Book Description: Two friends love fall. They want to jump in a leaf pile, but the leavesaren’t falling. They try several things to make the leaves fall before it finally happens.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Apples and Fall FunAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre-KMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Fall is for Friends”, scarves or pom poms, paperleaf cut-outs, masking tape, words to a fall song on a white board, apples (cut ahead of time),small plates or napkins for all the kidsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the book once,act out what the friends in the story do to make the leaves fall.1. Do a cheer. 2. Tape leaf on each child, dance like the wind is blowing. 3. Spin around and falldown. 4. Sing a fall song. 5. Pretend leaves are falling—wiggle fingers above head and down tothe ground. 6. Enjoy a snack of apple slices, like the friends did.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Melissa Elgersma – Basehor LibraryBook Title – Pete’s a PizzaAuthor – William StiegPublisher, Year – Harcourt, 1989Book Description: Pete’s grouchy because it’s raining. His parents pretend to make Peteinto a pizza.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Make a PizzaAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Pete’s a Pizza”, scarves-one per childActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book with thechildren, and then pantomime making a pizza using a scarf. Sing the following words as a songto the tune of “Here we go around the Mulberry Bush” and do the actions:This is the way we knead the dough…This is the way we toss the dough…This is the way we spread the sauce…This is the way we put on the cheese…This is the way we bake the pizza pie… Let the kids pretend to eat the pizza.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Julie Mosiman - Whitewater Memorial LibraryBook Title – Tops & Bottoms (Activity #1)Author – Janet StevensPublisher, Year – Harcourt Brace , Inc. 1995Book Description: Hare and Bear plant a garden and share the produce – one gets the tops,one gets the bottoms, but things don’t work out for bear.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Gardening FunAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Tops & Bottoms”, plastic gardening tools, ifavailableActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – As the book is read, the kidsare to do the activities, i.e. planting the seeds, watering, digging, pulling off tops or bottomswhile one child plays the sleeping bear. After reading the story, discuss how some cropsproduce under the ground, others on top of the ground, and still others in the middle.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Linda Weeks – Eudora Public LibraryBook Title – Tops & Bottoms (Activity #2)Author – Janet StevensPublisher, Year – Harcourt Brace and Co., 1995Book Description: Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich andlazy bear down the road.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Do we eat the “tops” or the “bottoms”?Audience (for kids include age group) – ages 3-5 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Tops and Bottoms”, pictures of vegetablesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Hold up a picture of a vegetable and let the children shout out which part we eat, the top orbottom. Continue. After finishing all the pictures, take some time to talk about healthyvegetables and “eating your colors”. Let the kids pretend they are preparing their own gardento grow veggies by shoveling, hoeing and raking.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Danielle Dougherty – Dodge City Public LibraryBook Title – Tops & Bottoms (Activity #3)Author – Janet StevensPublisher, Year - Viking Press, 2006Book Description: A clever rabbit family tricks a lazy bear out of his garden harvest.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - The Way We Move in the GardenAudience (for kids include age group) – 4-5 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Tops and Bottoms”, dress up clothes forgardening, workers or stickers with job icons if no dress up clothes available, drawing paper andcrayons, knife, apples for a snack, napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Have the children talk about working in the garden. What types of movement would you do?Movement: Have the children mimic planting, watering, and harvesting. (An alternate would beto act out the movements of the sun, rain, and plant growing). Use music as the child is“growing”. Social Studies: Extend the activity by asking what other ways do people move intheir work? (firefighters fight fires with heavy hoses, policemen chase bad guys, etc.—havedress up clothes for these workers) Language: Talk about whether we eat the tops or bottomsof different veggies. Have the kids draw pictures of both top and bottom veggies. Science: Plantveggies or beans, take home and watch them grow. Math: Cut apples in pieces and talk aboutthe apple as a whole, ½, ¼, etc. Let the kids have apple slices as a snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Colleen Sippel – J.H. Robbins Memorial LibraryBook Title – Tops & Bottoms (Activity # 4)Author – Janet StevensPublisher, Year – Harcourt Brace and Co., 1995Book Description: Bear has lots of money but is lazy. Hare has nothing but a hungry family.Hare cleverly tricks bear and gets food for his family and teaches bear it’s a good idea to work.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Do you know where the veggie grows?Audience (for kids include age group) – 2-4 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Tops & Bottoms”, pictures of veggies, a basket,a garden poster showing above ground and below ground veggiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Have a postershowing a garden above ground and below ground. Each child gets to pick a veggie picture fromthe basket. They are to tell everyone what the veggie is, and then place it on the poster abovethe ground or below, wherever they think it grows. Take time to talk about how healthy veggiesare for the children. Ask them their favorite veggies. Ask them if they like them raw or cooked.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Judy Kisby – Belleville Public LibraryBook Title – Tops & Bottoms (Activity #5)Author – Janet StevensPublisher, Year – Harcourt Brace, 1995Book Description: A lazy bear has a neighbor, hare, who plants a garden. The hare does thework and gets the “tops” or “bottoms” of the crop. The hare always tricks the bear out of thebest part.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Act it OutAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool through 3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Tops & Bottoms”, room to moveActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story and have thekids act it out. Pick one child to be the lazy bear and the rest of the children are the rabbits.Everyone but the bear will get lots of activity as they plant, water, and weed each crop. Therabbits will hop home at the end and bear will “work” his field. Finally, the rabbits get to rest.This leads well into the book, “Up, Down, and Around”. Talk about the healthy vegetables in thegarden and how we eat both the tops and bottoms of them.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Ruby Martin – Lane County LibraryBook Title – The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)Author – Retold by Philemon SturgessPublisher, Year - Scholastic, 1999Book Description: Little Red Hen has run out of bread and decides to make a pizza. Withoutthe help of the duck, dog, and cat; she makes a pizza. They each agree to help eat the pizza andalso help do the dishes.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - English Muffin PizzaAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)”, Englishmuffin halves, cut up veggies, pizza sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese, paper plates, spoons andforksActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the children.Set out the ingredients to make their “pizza”. First have children apply the pizza sauce with aspoon to an English muffin half. Offer an assortment of different veggies they can add to theirpizza. Take time to tell them adding veggies to a pizza is a good way to eat more veggies in theday. Ask them what other veggies (besides the ones offered as toppings) could be added to apizza? Top with cheese and heat in the microwave. Serve as a snack.Additional Activity: The children could act out the story where the animals are jumping rope,swimming and playing ball.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Pixie Knepper – Clay Center Carnegie LibraryBook Title – The Trouble with CauliflowerAuthor – Jane SuttonPublisher, Year – Dial Books, 2006Book Description: Mortimer the little koala, thinks when he eats cauliflower he has bad luckso he avoids it. But when Sadie surprises him with a casserole that includes cauliflower and heeats it and has good luck; he realizes that cauliflower had nothing to do with it!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Staying Strong with CauliflowerAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre KMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Trouble with Cauliflower”, space to move,cooked and raw cauliflower for tastingActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have children act out thestory. Encourage healthy eating habits in order to keep our bodies strong. Healthy eating helpsus bounce back from those things that happen to us such as a stubbed toe, a fall or scrape.Serve cauliflower cooked and raw to promote trying new foods at the conclusion.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Jeanne Dunbar – Bonner Springs LibraryBook Title – What Will Fat Cat Sit On!Author – Jan ThomasPublisher, Year – Harcourt, Inc. 2007Book Description: Fat Cat is deciding what to sit on—mouse is worried, so is cow, pig, duck,and dog. He sits on a chair. Now what will Fat Cat eat for lunch?Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Chair GameAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “What Will Fat Cat Sit On!”, chairs for kids to sitin, flannel board with a Fat Cat puppet, healthy snacks like fruits and veggiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story. Play the ChairGame. Instruct the kids that you will read the book again and whenever you say “cat” the kidswill stand up and then sit down in their chairs. Use a Fat Cat puppet or flannel board withanimal characters. Say the rhyme…I have a cat. My cat is fat. He wears a hat. On a chair he sat.Now what do you think of that? Have kids purr and meow. Serve healthy snacks of fruit andveggies. Optional: You could read the book and prepare a mouse shaped sandwich (like aMickey Mouse head) or crackers with cheese and veggies. You could make a placemat withhealthy food and snack choices.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Jacqueline Murphy – Glasco Public LibraryBook Title – Pumpkin Pumpkin (CKLS book)Author – Jeanne TitheringtonPublisher, Year - Greenwillow Books, 1990Book Description: A story of a boy planting one pumpkin seed and watching and nurturingas it grows. In addition he saves the seeds for the following year.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Pumpkin Face CreationsAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Pumpkin Pumpkin”, black markers, pumpkinpictures to draw, crayons, a small pumpkin for each child provided by parentsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Talk about fruits and vegetables in the fall. What is a pumpkin? Fruit or vegetable? How do youeat a pumpkin? (Answers: seeds, pumpkin soup, bread, muffins, pie) Have the children colortheir pumpkin pictures with crayons. After they have created their pumpkin face in crayon onpaper, let them use a black marker to make a face on their real pumpkin. The children will taketheir pumpkin home and encourage them to scoop out the seeds later and sow them in thespring to grow.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Cheryl Sylvester– Atchison Public LibraryBook Title – The Gigantic TurnipAuthor – Aleksey Tolstoy and Niamh SharkeyPublisher, Year – Barefoot Books, 1999Book Description: Russian folktale of a turnip that grows and grows. Repetitions andproblem solving how to get the turnip pulled.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Grow Turnips, Grow Muscle!Audience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Gigantic Turnip”, a rope, tempura paint forstamping, raw turnips, paper, turnips prepared for tasting-raw, cooked, baked, etc., paperplates and plastic spoonsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and have thekids play tug of war with a rope to simulate the pulling of the turnip. Let the kids stamp with theturnips: cut designs and use different colors to stamp on their papers. Ask kids how many waysturnips can be prepared? Get the answers, then let kids sample the different ways to eatturnips.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Mary Lou Thomas – Glen Elder LibraryBook Title – Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad DayAuthor – Judith ViorstPublisher, Year – Atheneum Books, 1972Book Description: From the moment Alexander wakes up, disappointments and bad thingsseem to happen to him.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Alexander’s DayAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool - adultsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good,Very Bad Day”, fruit and veggie toys/plastic items, cut-up veggies and fruits for a snack, napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Show the toy fruit and veggiesand read the first part of the story to the children. Ask if Alexander had eaten one fruit orveggie, if his day would have been such a “horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day”. Read moreof the book and ask the same question. Read more and ask the same question, getting thechildren to say “the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day” after each part of reading thebook. Provide cut-up fruits and veggies as a snack to help the children prevent a “horrible,terrible, no good, very bad day”!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Shannon Leonard – Ottawa LibraryBook Title – The Enormous CarrotAuthor – Vladimir VaginPublisher, Year – Scholastic, 1998Book Description: Rabbits, Daisy and Floyd, plant seeds and a giant carrot grows! It takes allof their neighbors and friends to help pull the carrot out of the ground. Then they have agathering to eat the carrot. Illustrations show all the uses for carrots.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - The Carrot Pull with SnacksAudience (for kids include age group) – ages 3 and olderMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Enormous Carrot”, orange yarn or string,carrots for snacks-raw, cooked, carrot juice, breads, cake, etc., paper plates or cupsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Have the children stand up and play “tug of war” with the yarn on carpeted floor. Ask childrento pretend the yarn is their enormous carrot and they are trying to pull the carrot out of thehands of a partner (child or parent). Have fun with the activity then let children try the carrotsnacks offered. Send home carrot recipe ideas!2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Linda Huffer– Glasco Public LibraryBook Title – Apples, Apples, Apples (CKLS book)Author – Nancy Elizabeth WallacePublisher, Year - Winslow Press, 2000Book Description: Members of the rabbit family visit an apple orchard, where they have fundiscovering the many uses of apples.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Fun with ApplesAudience (for kids include age group) – lower to middle elementaryMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Apples, Apples, Apples”, apples and a knifeActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.There are several activities included in the book. Making applesauce: Wash the apples andpeel. Slice the apples and put in a pot with 2 tablespoons maple syrup and ¼ cup apple cider.Bring to a boil, shake in some cinnamon, and simmer until soft. Fix ahead and let the childrentaste test. Talk about apples being a healthy snack to eat. Apple Prints: You’ll need a knife andan apple-directions in the back of the book. There is also a song and apple sayings included.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Tracey DeShazo – Silver Lake LibraryBook Title – The Bear Came Over to My HouseAuthor – Rick WaltonPublisher, Year – G.P. Putnam and Sons, 2001Book Description: Bear wakes up and goes to visit a girl. Many funny and cute thingshappen during his visit.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Bear’s AdventuresAudience (for kids include age group) – Preschool (2-4 years)Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Bear Came over to My House”, berries andwater to drink, paper cups, napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book and askquestions of the children. Bear wakes in the morning and goes to see the girl. Do you think bearhad a good breakfast before he went to the girl’s house? What would a good breakfast be for abear? What do you think a good breakfast would be for you? Discuss healthy options. What doyou think bear saw on his walk? (put hands above eyes and look around) What do you thinkbear did? (make a shrug of your shoulders) Shout out “he flew”! ( have kids get on tip toes witharms up high). He also finds a creek to bathe (everyone acts like they are scrubbing bear’sback). He sees a snake! (have the kids jump up and out of the way). What do you think bearheard? (put hands to ears) What do you think bear ate? (ask children for ideas and let the kidspretend they are eating). Have the kids stretch and yawn and lay down for their bear nap.Provide the children berries and water to drink for their snack. Mention that berries are bear’sfavorite snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Lori Swieransky – Hillcrest LibraryBook Title – Over in the GardenAuthor – Jennifer WardPublisher, Year - Rising Moon, 2002Book Description: Over in the garden, mother insects and their children enjoy activitiesfrom morning sun to evening moon.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Explore the Garden of MovementAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool and kindergarten through 3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Over in the Garden”- CKLS bookActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Before reading the book,explain to the children what will be done with each number up to 10. They will do the actionright after the number is read and the word is said.One-pounce (jump forward)Two-crawlThree-zip (say zip and move in a circle)Four-slither (lay on the floor and slither like a snake)Five-buzz (move around making buzzing sounds)Six-jump (in place)Seven-nibble (place hands up to mouth and pretend to nibble)Eight-roll (lay on the floor and roll)Nine-march (march in place)Ten-glow (raise hands above head and spread fingers)2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Kate Haynie – Seneca Free LibraryBook Title – Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her WashAuthor – Sarah WeeksPublisher, Year – Harper Collins, 1998Book Description: Mrs. McNosh does her laundry the old fashioned way-with a washtuband a clothesline. Along with the dresses and shirts, she will hang up some everyday items thatwill make kids giggle.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Hanging up the WashAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book. Have thechildren stand up. They will wash and hang clothes along with Mrs. McNosh in the story.Mrs. McNosh washes clothes: Children will bend at the waist and pretend to wash. Mrs.McNosh hangs up the dresses: Children bend over and pick up the dress then stretch up high tohang it on the line. Continue in the story having children bend over and pick up the item, thenstretch to hang it on the clothesline. Finally, Mrs. McNosh finishes. She will take off her apron,shake out her hair, and hang herself up! The children will shake out their hair and stretch onelast time to hang themselves on the clothesline.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Alice Jones – Herington Public LibraryBook Title – Good BreadAuthor – Brigitte Weninger and Anne MollerPublisher, Year – North-South Books, 2003Book Description: A young boy bakes bread with his mother. First he talks about how thewheat grows. Then he and his mother grind the grain and bake it.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – This is the Way We Bake our BreadAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Good Bread”, wheat kernels and a wheatgrinder if possible, bake or purchase whole grain bread so kids can taste, napkins, plasticbaggiesActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Act out how the grain isplanted through to the baking of the bread. Sing to the tune, “This is the way we wash ourclothes.”This is the way we sow our grain… (use hoeing, sowing motions)This is the way we grow our shoots…(crouch down and pop up)This is the way we cut our grain…(use swathing, slicing motions)This is the way we grind our grain…(use grinding, circular motions)This is the way we knead our dough…(use kneading motions)This is the way we shape our dough…(use patting motions)This is the way we eat our bread…(rub tummies)Have wheat grain to mill and let kids grind the grain and take some with them in a baggie. Havewhole grain bread for a snack.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Connie Weber – Richmond Public LibraryBook Title – Here comes the CrocodileAuthor – Kathryn WhitePublisher, Year – Little Tiger Press, 2004Book Description: A crocodile is hungry and looking for food.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Move Like a CrocodileAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Here comes the Crocodile”, banana halves andwater for snack, paper plates and cupsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story and let the kidsact it out the second time reading. Have the kids jump and act like a crocodile grabbing amonkey’s tail. Have the kids snap their hands and arms like jaws trying to catch a flamingo, orelephant. Have the kids slither like a snack would. Have the kids crawl on the floor stalking azebra. End the activity with a snack of water and banana halves.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Judy Kleinsorge – Pioneer Memorial Library - ColbyBook Title – The Pigeon Finds a Hot DogAuthor – Mo WillemsPublisher, Year – Hyperion Books for Children, 2004Book Description: Pigeon has a hot dog and does not want to share with duckling. Butduckling wears him down.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – The Librarian Finds a ?Audience (for kids include age group) – preschool, grade schoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog”, 1,2,3, or 4 foodtaste samples for the group and a “large” example if able (like a whole pineapple withpineapple bits for tasting), MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the childrenvery dramatically. Tell the children that they are ducklings (could even let them “quack” andwaddle around) and they are part of a new story. (Mention to the children that ducks willusually try anything to eat.) The new story begins…”The Librarian finds a ------------------“(pineapple). The librarian plays the role of the pigeon and eventually “shares” and passes outthe pineapple. Repeat 2, 3 or 4 times depending on ages and interest. Could also enrich byasking where on the MyPyramid the food would go, which food group?2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Ann Pearce – North Central Kansas Libraries SystemBook Title – Bear Wants More (Activity #1)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 2003Book Description: Bear wakes up hungry from his winter nap. He eats and eats until he is sobig he can’t fit in the doorway of his home.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Waking UpAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre-KMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bear Wants More”, cups of fruit and cereal foreach child, cut out of the sunActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Read the book. 2. Childrenare to sit in a circle pretending to be asleep. 3. A child with the sun cut-out goes into the middleof the circle and walks around to wake up the others. 4. Children wake themselves up slowly. 5.Have children make growling noises like a bear because they are hungry. 6. Ask, what did bearneed? A big breakfast! 7. Hand out cups of fruit and cereal to eat. 8. Let kids get up from their“breakfast” and move around like a bear for activity.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Delora Kaufman – Hillsboro Public LibraryBook Title – Bear Wants More (Activity #2)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year – Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003Book Description: A Bear comes out of hibernation and always wants to eat more! He eatsgreens (clover and grass), fruit (strawberries) and when his friends make honey cakes, he eatsso many he gets stuck in the door to his den.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Stuck in the DenAudience (for kids include age group) – PreschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bear Wants More”, food cards of healthy foodsand those not on MyPyramid (high fat and sugar foods like chips and cookies), MyPyramidChart, balloon, brown box to represent the denActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Children pick up a card andplace it either on the food pyramid chart or in the “den”. Whenever the food goes into the den(high fat/sugar food), the leader blows one breath into the balloon. This continues until everychild gets a turn. The bear is supposedly so round he can’t get out of his den. The only way hecan get out is to let the balloon go! This shows how sweets/high fat snacks make you get bigger,but food from MyPyramid keeps you healthy.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Melinda Hall – Eureka Public LibraryBook Title – Bear Wants More (Activity #3)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster – McElderry Books, 2003Book Description: Bear wakes up hungry and goes with friends to find different foods toeat.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Hungry BearAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool through 2nd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bear Wants More”, For each group of kids:Food Picture Cards (purchased or drawn), Action Picture Cards (illustrating verbs from thestory), large MyPyramid (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – For Small Groups: 1. Read thebook to the children and discuss the action words and foods. 2. Put the food cards andMyPyramid poster at the other end of the room. Spread the food cards around on the floor.Kids will take turns being the bear and bear will draw an action card from the pile. 3. Bearperforms the action while going to the other side of the room to get a food card. 4. Bear tellsthe name of the food and decides what food group it belongs on the MyPyramid poster. 5. Bearcomes back to the group performing the same action he did going. In Large Groups orRestricted Areas: Bear will draw an action card and the whole group does the movement. Theleader holds up the food card and as a group, they decide the name and what food group itbelongs on the MyPyramid poster.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Carla Feigal – Jewell Public LibraryBook Title – Bear Wants More (Activity #4)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year - Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003Book Description: Bear wakes up from a winter nap hungry. He goes with his friends to helphim find food. He then goes home and can’t fit in.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Bear PantomimeAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre-KMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “Bear Wants More”, have props of differentfoods, MyPyramid poster (www.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Have the kids act out theanimal actions as the story is told. Bear wakes up, stretches and rubs his tummy. Mousescampers up and leads bear to the strawberry patch. Hare hops up and leads bear to the clover.Raccoon comes by with a pole to go fishing. Across the way gopher, mole, raven and wren arecooking over a fire. All the animals come together and eat and bear sleeps. Hold up theMyPyramid poster and explain the food groups. Ask the kids to tell you which food group eachof the food props fit.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Mandy Cook – Marysville Public LibraryBook Title – The Cow Loves Cookies (Activity #1)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 2010Book Description: While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular foodthe cow chooses to eat the one thing she loves best.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Healthy SnacksAudience (for kids include age group) – Kids 3-6 yearsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Cow Loves Cookies”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – After reading the book, alsoexplain and show MyPyramid. Ask kids what their favorite snack is and have them find it in thefood pyramid. If a snack is not in the pyramid (cake, cookies, etc.) help the kids understand howthe farmer made his snack healthier by adding milk. How could they make their snackhealthier? (drink with milk, dip in yogurt, top tortilla chips with cheese, etc.) Read the bookagain, and let the kids pretend they are the animals in the book eating. Challenge them to do itwithout sound (charades).2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Janice Lyhane – Marysville Public LibraryBook Title – The Cow Loves Cookies (Activity #2)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year – Simon and Schuster, 2010Book Description: While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular foods.The cow enjoys her favorite--cookies.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – We Love Milk and Cookies Too!Audience (for kids include age group) – 2-4 year oldsMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Cow Loves Cookies”Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Sing the song, “Who Took theCookie from the Cookie Jar?” and do different actions every time they say the word “cookie”.Also, talk about cookies and/or favorite snacks and how you can make them healthier.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Christine D. Sander – Stockton Public LibraryBook Title – The Cow Loves Cookies (CKLS resource) (Activity #3)Author – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year - Simon and Schuster, 2010Book Description: The animals on the farm eat their regular food, but the cow eats cookies!Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Trying Different Foods on the FarmAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Cow Loves Cookies”, pictures of farmanimals, mini wheat cereal, mini cookies, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, popcorn, pudding orJell-O, “Scooby snacks”, crackersActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story to the childrenand let them do the animal actions. Show the animal pictures and have the children namethose animals and what they eat. Let the children know that they will get to eat “animal food”and may get to try some new things to eat! Display the different “animal foods” and serve thechildren a sample if they would like to try it.Horse-Hay (mini wheat cereal)Cow-Cookies (mini cookies)Chickens-Chicken Feed (sunflower and pumpkin seeds)Geese-Cracked Corn (popcorn)Pigs-Slop (low fat pudding or Jell-O)Dog-Doggie Treats (Scooby snacks)Duck-Quackers (crackers)2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Rita Higley – Horton Public LibraryBook Title – How to Bake an American PieAuthor – Karma WilsonPublisher, Year – Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007Book Description: A 4th of July book that describes the ideals of being an American bywalking through the steps of baking a pie. Great illustrations.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – Let Freedom Ring and Your Tummies SingAudience (for kids include age group) – Pre K-3rd gradeMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “How to Bake an American Pie”, MyPyramidposter (www.mypyramid.gov/ ), paper plates, pictures of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy andmeat and beans that can be colored in, glue sticks, crayons, cut-up fruits and veggies for snacks,napkinsActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the story and talk to thekids about the importance of everything in the book in making an American. Correlate this withMyPyramid and how their tummies will be most happy if they also have a variety of healthyfoods. Have kids color the different food pictures and paste on their paper plate to create ahealthy pie of their own. If you can, find a song about fruits and veggies or healthy foods ingeneral. Serve nutritious snacks, like cut up fruits and veggies.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: Peggy Wildman – Overbrook Public LibraryBook Title – The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big HungryBearAuthor – Don and Audrey WoodPublisher, Year – Child’s Play, 1994Book Description: Little mouse picks a very ripe strawberry and is afraid the big, hungrybear is going to come and take it away.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - A Very Ripe StrawberryAudience (for kids include age group) – preschoolMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, andThe Big Hungry Bear”, a picture of a strawberry-one per childActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – 1. Pass out the strawberrypictures to each child. 2. As you read the book, have the children do the action that goes alongwith the story. 3. Pretend to pick the strawberry. 4. Hide the strawberry-cover it with yourhand. 5. Guard the strawberry by holding it close to you. Could also march around like a guardwould do. 6. Have the children share their strawberries with each other. 7. Pretend to eat thestrawberries.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Ellen Selzer - Coldwater LibraryBook Title – We had a Picnic this Sunday PastAuthor – Jacqueline WoodsonPublisher, Year - Hyperion Books, 1997Book Description: A child’s description of the foods brought to a picnic.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Planning a PicnicAudience (for kids include age group) – ages 6-10Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “We had a Picnic the Sunday Past”, posterboard, construction paper, old magazines, markers, crayons, glue sticks, MyPyramid posterwww.mypyramid.gov/ )Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read or tell the story. Discussthe foods that are brought to the picnic. Show the MyPyramid poster and explain the differentfood groups and colors. Have the children find what food group color each of the foods in thestory belongs. Have the kids plan a picnic. Provide a piece of construction paper, and they candraw or cut out pictures of food from the magazines to paste on their paper for their picnic.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Mandy Dunn - Rolla LibraryBook Title – The Lima Bean MonsterAuthor – Dan YaccarinoPublisher, Year - Walker and Co., 2001Book Description: A child hates lima beans until he has a dream of the Lima Bean Monsterattacking the town. The kids come to the rescue, eat their veggies and eat the Lima BeanMonster.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Lima Bean MonsterAudience (for kids include age group) – 3-5 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “The Lima Bean Monster”, a green lima bean(bean bag)Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read or tell the story. Then,play a game. Play spooky music and have the children stand or sit in a circle. Pass the bean bag(lima bean) from child to child until the music stops. The child or “Lima Bean Monster” with thebean bag is out. Continue the game until only one person left.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: – Sherry Knouf – Downs Carnegie LibraryBook Title – How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?Author – Jane Yolen and Mark TeaguePublisher, Year - The Blue Sky Press, 2005Book Description: The book is about bad and good table manners.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title - Good and Bad Manners SkitAudience (for kids include age group) – preschool to 7 years oldMaterials/Resources Needed - The book, “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food”, space tomove, a table with chairs around it-enough chairs for all the children if possibleActivity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Prior to reading the book, letthe children burn off some energy by pretending to be big dinosaurs moving around the room.Gather the children and read the story. While the book is being read, let the kids act out whatthe dinosaurs are doing in the book. Have the children sit around the table and act out the badmanners first, then the good manners.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287
  • Reading, Healthy Eating, Active Play…Balance My Day BOOK ACTIVITIESActivity submitted by: DesiRae Churchwell – Jay Johnson Public Library-QuinterBook Title – Rabbit and Hare Divide an AppleAuthor – Harriet ZiefertPublisher, Year – Viking, 1998Book Description: Rabbit and Hare find a mushroom and split it in half but not equally. Theyargue and Raccoon solves the issue by eating it all. They then find an apple, cut it, but not inhalf. They argue. Raccoon offers a solution but Rabbit and Hare resolve it themselves.Nutrition/Physical Activity Message (themes bolded below)  Fruits & Veggies  Active Play  Smart Servings  Breakfast GO Power  Snack Attack  MyPyramid  Drink ThinkActivity Title – SharingAudience (for kids include age group) – K-2Materials/Resources Needed - The book, “Rabbit and Hare Divide an Apple”, apples,oranges or whatever food you want to use that is easily divisible, a container that you can’t seethrough.Activity Directions (give detailed, step by step instructions) – Read the book to the children.Ahead of time cut fruit and veggies into pieces and place in the container. Ask children tochoose a fruit/veggie piece out of the container. Talk about bigger and smaller pieces. Havethem hold up a big piece and then a small piece. Pair children up and show them that if thepieces were cut in half and shared, they would still both get the same amount. Talk aboutportion sizes and sharing so that they won’t eat too much.2010 Healthy Kids Challenge www.healthykidschallenge.com 1-888-259-6287