Take the Paper Plate Snack Test!
With increasing concern about the growing number of overweight American children, it’s becoming more and more important that youngsters know and understand the value of making healthy choices. This is sometimes a hard concept for children to grasp. To a young child, the premise is simple: Foods that taste good are good for us, too... right? Sadly, we adults know better. Foods that "taste good” are often full of things our bodies don’t need, such as sodium, sugar, and fat.
When it comes to nutrition, a good place to start with young children is to help them understand the things that are in our foods that they can’t see. In this activity, your child will use a simple test to determine which of his favorite snack foods is full of fat, something his body only needs in small amounts.
What You Need:
- Plain paper plates, with no gloss or coatings (or brown paper grocery bags, cut into squares about the same size as a paper plate)
- An assortment of pieces of food: potato chips, raisins, French fries, peanut butter, grapes, apple slices, pretzels
- Vegetable oil
- 2 small paint brushes