Healthy eating games and activities

The ideas below can be used to engage children in healthy eating experiences, teach them to recognise different foods and encourage them to experiment with new foods, tastes, flavours and textures.

The veggie guessing bag

Try this activity to increase children’s recognition and awareness of different vegetables. Place some vegetables (real or plastic) in a bag (e.g. pillow slip). Ask children to feel inside the bag and guess which vegetables are there. As a variation, blindfold children and place a vegetable in their hands. Ask them to guess what the vegetable is by feeling, smelling and even tasting it.

Choose a letter of the week

Each week taste and discuss healthy foods which start with the chosen letter of the week. For example, for the letter ‘M’ try mushroom, milk and mango.

Odd one out

Say a series of four words including three vegetables and one odd word, for example, “Carrot, potato, cat, onion”. Ask children to identify the odd word.

Make the game more challenging by using an odd word that is also a food, for example, “Celery, capsicum, carrot, yoghurt”. Ask the children why the odd word does not belong with the rest of the group. 

Create a vegetable person 

Create a ‘vegetable person’ using real vegetables or pictures of vegetables. Help children use toothpicks to make their vegetable person stand up and be three dimensional. If using real vegetables, encourage children to eat their vegetable person for morning or afternoon tea. 

Food labelling activity

Talking about fruit and vegetables helps children recognise and become familiar with different varieties. Cut out fruit and vegetable shapes from coloured felt and ask children to label each item as they are placed on a felt board. Sing songs and read stories about the fruit and vegetables on the board.

Have a theme tasting day

Offer different kinds of healthy foods to try on a special theme day. For example, on healthy apple day offer green apples, red apples, dried apples, pureed apple and canned apples.

Create a food alphabet

Create a visual food alphabet wall display. Children can cut out pictures of food and match these to a letter or draw their own impression of the food.

Play a guessing game

“I am thinking of a food which begins with the letter….” Give extra clues like colour, shape, texture etc, until children correctly guess the food. Let children take turns to choose and describe a food.

Enjoy

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Sensory activities – writing in shaving foam.

Sensory play is important as children  explore all of their five senses, it also encourages fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, cognitive and language development and much more. It’s often calming and always FUN!

One of the most common items used in sensory activities is shaving foam, thanks to its squishy, fluffy texture and easy availability in supermarkets. It’s also easy to clean up, since it just melts away into liquid – if you use a tray for your shaving foam play, you can just pour the leftovers down the drain.

There are so many interesting ways to use shaving foam to get your child into some sensory play, we have found some of our favourites that are perfect to do at home.

1.Writing

For this fun letter and word recognition activity just spread some shaving foam on a tray or table and use letter or word cards as prompts. Show your child how to trace letters and words in the foam using their finger or a paint brush or cotton bud.

 

2.Counting

3. Painting

For this puffy foam paint recipe just place equal parts shaving foam and white craft glue in a zip-lock bag, add your desired food colouring and squish the sealed bag together until all your ingredients are nicely mixed. Snip off a corner of the bag to pipe the paint out.

4. Making artificial snow.

For this artificial snow recipe just mix shaving foam and corn flour and mix it together until all your ingredients are nicely mixed.

Enjoy your activities and please share some pictures with us.

Fantastic Science our own bean growing experiment !!!!

All you need for this easy activity is a bag, some cotton wool balls or paper towel and a bean!

First of all put cotton wool balls into a bag. Then  simply stick one bean on either side of the bag so that you could watch 2 growing at once. I used  beans straight out of the packet that I bought in the dried beans and pulses section in the supermarket.  Next, I watered it until the cotton wool was damp but not too wet, and placed the bag on the window.

 

 

This is a really easy, visual way to teach children about root systems plus it’s very exciting to watch how FAST the plants grow!

Extension Activities:

Some children could measure the beans each day and record their growth progress in a “bean diary.” They can draw a picture of what the plant looks like every 3-4 days, add a measurement and label the diagram with the parts of the plant as they develop. Alternatively, they could record using a digital camera and printing and sticking in their own photos.

Learning Links:

  • knowledge and understanding of the world/ science: talk about what plants need to grow, examine roots and discuss how plants absorb water, talk about leaves and what they are for, discuss life-cycles and growth

  • phse: talk about growing and life-cycles in relation to growing from a baby to a toddler to a child, look at photos over time and note changes
  • maths: measure the growth of the bean and make comparisons, create a growth chart to track progress
  • literacy: make a bean diary and chart the appearance of the bean on each day with diagrams and labels

 

We hope 🙂 you enjoyed this experiment.

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Shine a Light

This half term Class 6P have really enjoyed our topic ‘Shine a Light’. In our science lessons we have done lots of learning about different sources of light, we have talked about keeping our eyes safe from the sun and had lots of fun making shadows. In our English lessons we have been reading the story ‘Dragon Stew’ the children did some lovely poetry writing and wrote a recipe for their own dragon stew.

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A busy week in class 6P

We have had lots of fun learning in class 6P this week. We all enjoyed phonics and capacity learning in the ballpool. In our English and PSHE lessons we have been learning about keeping our bodies clean and healthy. We explored light in science and talked about how to keep our eyes safe from the bright sun with sunglasses. 

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Lots of learning in class 6P

 

 

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This week we have really enjoyed learning about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita.

We made Diwali lamps out of clay and then painted them in bright colours.

On Friday we celebrated Ladywood school 20th birthday 🙂 we had lots of fun at our party.

 

This week in class 6P we have been learning how to write a poem about the sun.

Lots of different activities in class from writing letters in shaving foam, paint and paint powder to learning about capacity in maths then in science we have been learning about reflection having fun with mirrors and torches.

We have also been learning how to cross a crossing safely by using the traffic lights.

Hope you have a nice weekend 🙂

Steph, Joanne, Sam and Karolina

Halloween half term fun!

Hello 6P!

The children have had a great first half term and have all done super learning over the past 8 weeks. Last week in 6P, we have been celebrating harvest with the whole school via ZOOM and class 6P created amazing artwork to show what we are thankful for.

 

The children loved carving pumpkins and using them in their reading and writing learning.

 

 

 


As it’s Halloween week, I thought we could do some spooooooky exercise!

Try the yoga below with your family

 

You could also try some Halloween crafts. Can you make a string pumpkin decoration? (We love playing with balloons!)

 

Have a look at this page for more Halloween crafts:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g22062770/halloween-crafts-for-kids/

Have a happy half term 

Steph, Joanne, Sam and Karolina