Farm to Table
What are healthy foods? How do we know if foods are healthy? How much healthy food should we eat every day? Can we also eat unhealthy foods? Healthy foods give us energy and vitamins. For example, oranges gives us Vitamin C which makes sure we don’t get sick. Milk gives us calcium which makes our bones strong. What healthy foods are your favourite? Let’s learn more about healthy foods.
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
Ooey, Ooey, Ooey Allergies
Listen to the song by the Wiggles. Do you have any allergies? Do any of your friends have allergies? What are they allergic to? What do people with allergies have to do to take care of themselves? How can we make sure to help our friends stay healthy and safe? You can discuss school, birthday parties etc
Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy
Dance and sing to the song ‘Fruit Salad’ by the Wiggles. What fruits appear in the song? Make your own fruit salad with your favourite fruits. Can you make up a song about your fruit salad? Also see here printable cut and collage fruit salad from Crayola.
Create a placemat with pictures of your favourite healthy foods using this printable template or this one. If you can, laminate it so it can be easily cleaned. Use this opportunity to discuss how much of each food is healthy to eat. For more information about children and nutrition, see this article from Harvard Health.
The Cup Games - To stay healthy, we can eat healthy food - but we also need to exercise.
For these two-player games you will need:
20 disposable/reusable plastic cups (or an even amount)
2 Broomsticks or chalk
Set up the game: Lay out an even amount of cups on the ground. Place half of them down and half of them up. Draw a line or set out brooms on either side of the cups.
Round 1: Each child stands behind their line. Set a timer for 10 seconds - One child will have to flip all the cups up, and the other will try and flip the cups upside down. You can only flip one cup at a time. At the end of 10 seconds, the children will return to their lines. Judge (parent) will count how many of the cups are up/down and declare a winner.
Round 2 - Swap roles - whoever flipped the cups up, will flip them upside down and vice versa.
Round 3 - Each child puts one hand behind their back and can only pick up cups with the free hand. Each child picks up one cup at a time and takes it back to their line. The first child to put 10 cups on their side wins.
Round 4 - Each child needs to run to the other child’s side and build a pyramid with the cups (4 on the bottom, 3 on the next level, 2 on the next level, and 1 on top). Take your ball and try and knock over the other’s pyramid - bowling. When it is knocked over, build the pyramid and start again!
Round 5 - In the centre of the playing area, for each child set up the cups in a row with spaces between each cup. Each child takes a ball and needs to kick the balls around the cups, using the cups as cones. Try to make sure the cups don’t fall!
Credit: Galit Shamir, Sport Teacher