What comes more natural to young kids than nutrition, right? Wrong! If you could only hear the pleas that come across the dining room table at dinnertime, you’d know that wasn’t the truth. My kids eat pretty healthy, but given the option they’d rather have chicken nuggets and cheese sticks every night for dinner.
This month we looked at nutrition, introducing some of the components like protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins that are in foods. Then we spent some time focusing on exercise. We had a few weeks of beautiful weather, 60’s and 70’s for nearly 2 weeks… in winter! Then we were hit with a week of heavy snowfall. Gotta love it. But inside or outside, we got our exercise and had fun while doing it.
At the supermarket, I had the kids identify if an item was a grain, protein, dairy, fruit or vegetable.
They were to pick one of each item.
At home we talked about how it was important to eat the rainbow. So their job at the store was to select foods which represented the colors of the rainbow for fruits and vegetables. (Tomato, apple, carrots, cantaloupe, etc.)
We prepared the food at home and they got to eat their rainbow. The healthy Skittles!
J noticed the FDA’s diagram on the cereal box one morning, so I had him draw his own
which he then added those food groups to.
He also labeled and tried all the nuts in the pantry. I believe his favorite was the Pistachio.
Thanks to my awesome Aunt, she gave us a food group game she made up some years ago.
I held up a food group card and they identified the food that went in that group.
We pulled out some items from the pantry and fridge and identified them and what groups they belonged to.
We did some creative block art on the light table. Making an apple, grapes, and a Lego guy.
We love the library! So many great selections and this isn’t even all of them. We maxed my card and put a number on his card.
Exercise! I think I got more than they did!
The city puts on a program for young kids. They bring out all the toys: little tike cars, balls, gym mats, tricycles and you can go to town.
Swimming is a great way to get some exercise in whether rain or shine.
Here’s a warm day. Soccer!
And blizzard conditions for a great game of… um… flyswatter balloon ball?
Anyone want to ride the imaginary train? 🙂
Or go for a ride in the car?
Ok, before I get into the core subjects take note that if you ever visit my house on an off day, my kids love to leave land mines on the floor. Be careful where you step or you will feel the wrath of one of these babies!
This was so cool! J got down on the floor with E and was showing her how to write the letters. Score!
Later, I found him with the reverse side up teaching himself cursive!
J’s cousin lives in another state, so his wonderful mom and I talked it over and after discussing it with the kids, we thought the best way for them to improve their writing and keep in touch was to become penpals. They love the idea and it gets them so motivated to write and draw.
J loves playing the let’s make 10 math game with twelve-sided dice. (Find pairs that add to 10). It helps to improve his addition skills. This time we did it with 11’s and 12’s.
Here’s a new game. I wrote a bunch of numbers on the board and J threw the ball to hit two of them. The two he hit, he added together.
We did a little pizza fractions too.
The kids have both been attending a Spanish class through the city. It’s a lot of fun as it includes a bunch of movement, songs, stories, and play.
The library had an Open Space person come and she brought a huge floor map of the county. The kids learned where certain animals lived by putting stuffed versions on the map (mountains, plains, water).
On our walks, I’ve been having J direct us to places to see if he can get there by himself. I also asked him to use N, S, E, W to direct us there. He even stopped me one day and said, “I want to go that way, but it’s not North.” “Yes, that’s north,” I said. “No, it’s a little bit east too.” “Yes, you’re right,” I said. “That would be Northeast.”
One of the places the kids love to go is the museum in town. It has this neat water feature they can play with and can redirect the water using the removable gates. They really get into it!
J made a map with a trail running through the forest. (The dots are the trees.)
We’re looking at Italy for an upcoming event. Stay tuned for that one!
I love kids playing in nature.
We woke up one morning to see some animal tracks over the driveway and had fun following them, but alas no animal was found. We have an Animal Tracks game that I bought a while ago and was saving for such an occasion so we pulled it out and played.
Legos at the library with daddy was a lot of fun. His creation got to go on display for a month and was so excited to show it to me.
We had several holidays this month: President’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. We read a few books,
did some activities,
and went to Discovery Days for some crafts.
I found this neat series on Amazon that’s free for Prime members. It’s called Creative Galaxy and it teaches kids about art. The first was a dot drawing which they got to practice. J made a pizza.
We did lots of things this month, but the best part was having fun!