I Can Eat a Rainbow – A Project for Kids

Last week we did a project called “I Can Eat a Rainbow”.  Building on the discussion of the characteristics of healthy foods from our “What’s Healthier” project, we discussed that healthy foods come in a variety of colours – that just because something isn’t GREEN doesn’t mean it’s not healthy.  We did this craft to show the variety of HEALTHY things we can eat:

Here’s what you need:

  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • glue stick
  • paper

I gave each of the girls a piece of paper and asked them to draw rainbows on them.

Brooke's Rainbow

I then gave each of them a magazine and scissors.  We used the rainbows to help remind us of the colours of food we were looking for in the magazines.

A Rainbow of Food Choices

We then pasted the pictures to our rainbows and discussed our pictures:

  • Red things typically grow on trees or vines (berries, tomatoes, apples)
  • Green things are often leafy and grow as heads (lettuce, spinach, broccoli)
  • Yellow things have vitamin C
  • Orange things have beta-carotene
  • Blue things are rich in anti-oxidants
  • Runners World has more pictures of fruits and veggies than Today’s Parent

Our finished project

We had a lot of fun and the kids learned a lot.  Afterwards we went shopping to try and find foods so that we can literally eat a rainbow.  We came home with lots of fruits and veggies and the girls were very eager to see who could eat a whole rainbow first :)

QUESTION:  What foods are in your rainbow?

 

All the best in health and fitness,

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