One of the rare benefits of my travelling hubby that leaves me solo-parenting frequently, is that I get to be the primary role model for my daughters. They really look up to me, and as we all know, actions speak MUCH louder than words.
Unfortunately that also means I have to constantly dig deep to find activities for them to do that entertains them, teaches them and challenges them. Activities that they can do with minimal supervision because I also have a house to run and an infant to care for.
Recently I came up with an activity that meets all of my goals – an activity I call “Whats Healthier?”.
Here’s what you need:
- Old magazines
- glue stick
I gave both the girls a pair of scissors and a few magazines. I told them to cut out pictures of food. 3.5 yo Brooke cut out a few images because she’s just learning to use scissors, and 5.5 yo Sierra managed to cut out quite a few pictures. We put all of the pictures in a pile. I then folded the piece of paper in half and labelled one side “HEALTHY” and the other side “NOT HEALTHY (JUNK)”. We then sorted the pictures. We discussed what foods were good fuel for our bodies, the colours of the foods, the origin of the foods, the foods packaging. We then glued the pictures to the paper on their respective sides.
Our activity kept us busy for over 30 min (this is a long time for a 3.5 yo) and taught the kids a whole pile of things such as:
- Healthy foods don’t come in a lot of packaging
- Healthy foods are colourful
- Healthy foods are yummy
- Healthy foods are not salty (3 yo calls it “spicy”)
- Shape magazine has more healthy food pictures than Cosmo 😉
I then made clean up fun – windsprints with garbage to the kitchen – the reward? A trip to the park wearing our pj’s under our snowsuits (watch for a post about this tomorrow).
What activities do you like to do with your children? How do you encourage a healthy lifestyle while keeping it fun?