National Nutrition Month Healthy Snacks, Fun Activities and Tips

March is National Nutrition Month!

 

We at kidsplayandcreate want to support this great campaign to make better food choices and become more active by sharing ideas with you. Below you will find exercise activities, healthy snacks and tips for you and your little ones.

Healthy Snacks

We at www.kidsplayandcreate.com support Chobani’s #ChobaniKids campaign to make better food choices.  Below you will find some Chobani inspired snacks to support healthy eating.  Try some of these delicious recipes below.  Don’t forget to check out Chobani Tots and Chobani Kids for more healthy eating at Chobani.com

Chobani Yogurt Parfait– Layer Chobani yogurt and fruits in a clear plastic cup. Top with a little bit of whipped cream.

Chobani with Waffles – Spread a thin layer of Chobani yogurt on a waffle. Top with slices of bananas.

Chobani Yogurt Covered Puffs – Cover Gerber Puffs with yogurt. Place in the freezer until they harden. Serve.

Chobani Yogurt Chips – Place a zip-locked bag in a cup. Pour yogurt into the zip-locked bag. Take the zip-locked bag out of the cup and snip off the corner with a scissor. Over a parchment covered baking pan squeeze out quartered sized circles of the yogurt. Freeze until harden. Peel off of the parchment paper and enjoy.

Kids Pizza- Ingredients-Light Whole Wheat English Muffin, pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese, red pepper. Take the English Muffin and spread on a thin layer of pizza sauce. Sprinkle on some of the mozzarella cheese. Top with finely chopped peppers. Optional: Place the pieces of pepper onto the English Muffin into the shape of a smiley face. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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Baked Apples with Cinnamon- Slice apples, place them on a baking sheet, top with cinnamon, bake for 30 mins on 350.

Apple Pancakes- Ingredients: Complete Pancake Mix and apple slices. Make the complete pancake mix using half the amount of water. Your batter needs to be a little thicker than for traditional pancakes. Place apple slices in the batter, cover completely. Place on skillet cook both sides until golden brown color, enjoy.

 

Healthy Eating Tips

Look at nutrition labels with your child. Compare the labels of similar foods to see which ones are healthier i.e have less fats, sugar, cholesterol and lower in sodium

Cut out sugary drinks and replace with water. Some juice contains just as much sugar as soda.

Replace unhealthy snacks with yogurt such as Chobani Tots or Kids.

Canned Vegetables- If you are using canned vegetables rinse them first. Pour the can into a strainer and rinse with water. This will cut out a lot of the sodium content.

Try to set scheduled eating times. This will help with over snacking.

Wait before seconds- If your child wants more to eat have them wait 5-10 minutes. It takes time before your brain processes being full.

Try not to use food as a reward or to feel better. I know this can be hard, but it’s beneficial in developing healthy eating habits. You don’t want your child to relate to food to comfort.

Get Active – Exercise Ideas

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Bubble Time- kids love bubbles. Blow some bubbles and watch your toddler run around trying to catch and pop them.

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I’m gonna get you – Say to your toddler “I’m gonna get you” and chase them around, this is a fun exercise for you and them.

ABC Jumps – Jump around singing the ABC’s.

Explorer- Have your toddler walk around and explore a new area. It could be the backyard, a room in the house, park, library etc.. Everything is so new to them, they will love walking around checking out something different.

Animal Imitations- Tell your little one to walk like a monkey or waddle like a penguin. They’ll have so much fun acting like an animal.

Dance Around – Put some music on and dance around with your toddler.

Bull Fighter – Hold their small blanket up and wave around like a bull fighter. Chances are they run right through it. Not only is this good exercise for your toddler, it is funny to watch.

Catch-Throw soft ball back and forth.

Young Children 3-6

ABC Jumping Jacks – Sing the ABC’s while doing jumping jacks.

Active Simon Says– Play Simon Says asking them to jump, do sit-ups, jumping jacks, run in place, dance, spin etc…

Dance Party– Dance around with your child.

Playground Fun – Run around and play on the playground.

Catch-Throw a ball back and forth.

Obstacle Course- Make an obstacle course, have the children jump through, walk under, climb etc.. different objects. Inside you can use pillows, blankets, couch cushions and toys around the house. Outside you can use the playground or different objects found around the yard.

Tricycle- Walk with your child as they ride their tricycle or ride with them

Older Children 7 and up

Zumba- Follow along with a Zumba Video on Youtube or if your child likes video games many video game consoles make Zumba video games.

Aerobics Instructor or Gym Teacher– Have your child be the Aerobics Instructor or Gym Teacher and have them do the exercise and you follow along.

Nerf Fight- If you own Nerf Guns, this can be very fun and good exercise

Dance around while cleaning

Outside Activities

Walk- Go for a walk after dinner.

Jump Rope

Tag

Swim

Ride bikes

Sports

Play catch

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Girl Power Fun Inspirational Quotes for Girls

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.” – Bethany Hamilton

“A girl should be two things; who and what she wants” – Coco Chanel

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” -Proverb

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” Madonna

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” Unknown

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

“Believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things.” – unknown

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Coco Chanel

“I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.” – Audrey Hepburn

“If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.” – Katy Perry

“I don’t need Prince Charming to have my own happy ending.” Katy Perry

“I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.” Taylor Swift

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”- Shakespeare

“A true friend is someone you can disagree with and still remain friends. For if not, they weren’t true friends in the first place.” Unknown

“…Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”- Tyra Banks

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” Unknown

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” – unknown

“What do you do when things go wrong? Oh! You sing a song.” –Disney’s Snow White

When the raindrops come tumbling, remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” – Snow White

“Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we’re all alike.” Disney’s Princess Jasmine

“You can’t get what you want just by wishing for it.” – Disney’s Princess Tiana

“If you walk the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew.” Disney’s Pocahontas

“Are you really going to let fear control your life” Disney’s Frozen

“All our dreams can come true- if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

“The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” Rafiki – Disney’s Lion King

“Always let your conscience by your guide.” From Disney’s Pinocchio

“If you kinda sorta try, you get kinda sorta results.” – found on Pinterest

“I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.” – found on Pinterest

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein

 

Can My Kids Stay in the Same School if we Become Homeless? What Educational Rights do my Children Have if we Become Homeless?

If your family becomes homeless your child have the right to remain in their same school district even if you move to another town.
The McKinney-Vento Act was passed by congress in 1987.  The law gives homeless children the right to:
  1. Remain in the same school district if they become homeless as long as it is in the child’s best interest.  If the family moves over 50 miles away it may not be in that child’s best interest to travel that far to go to school.
  2. Get immediate enrollment in a new school without required documents such as proof of residency, immunizations or prior school records or a parent or guardian present.
  3. Get transportation – The school district must provide transportation for the child to get back and forth to school.  If a child is living in a shelter the local Social Services Department may provide transportation.
  4. Get all school services they need example special education services.
Who is considered a homeless child?
A child who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
Fixed: A fix residence is one that is stationary, permanent, not subject to change attached to the  ground
Regular:  A regular residence is one which is used on a predictable or routine basis. – Can I go there every night?  Do I have keys?  Do I have a legal right to be there?
Adequate: An adequate residence is one that is sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in a home enviroment Does it have running water?  Is it over crowed?  Do you have your own bed?
To be considered homeless you just have to be lacking one.  A permanently housed individual has a fixed, regular and adequate place to live.
Below are all examples of children who can be considered homeless:
  1. This includes children who are sharing a home with a friend or family member due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  2. children living in motels, trailer parks or camping grounds because they have nowhere else to go
  3. migratory child
  4. A child living in places not usually used for sleeping such as  a car, public place or abandoned buildings
  5.  A child abandoned in a hospital,
  6.  A child awaiting a foster care placement
  7. A child living in a shelter
What if I am a Youth living on my own am I covered under the law?
Yes, the law covers homeless youth who are not living with a parent or guardian.  These children are called unaccompanied youth.
An unaccompanied youth include youth who:
  1. Youth who were asked to leave their home by a parent or guardian
  2. Youth who left home with parental consent
  3. Youth who ran away from home
  4. Youth who have no formal custody arrangements when their parent is in the hospital, rehabilitation center or jail.
  5. Do not have a Fixed, Regular or Adequate place to live.
Choice of District
Children who are homeless may have some options when attending school.
  1. They can stay in their current district – The school district they are currently attending.
  2. Their district of origin – The school district they were in before becoming homeless
  3. The  district where they are currently residing The school district that is where they are currently homeless in.
Who at the school district can help me?
Under the law every school district is required to have a Homeless Liaison or Coordinator.  This person is required to help homeless children enroll and succeed in school and set up transportation and  free lunch and if available in the school district free breakfast. To find out who the Liaison is in your district contact the school districts cental office.
What else can my school’s liaison or  coordinator do for me?
Liaisons or Coordinators can provide helpful information.   Each school district has Title 1 or Set-Aside funds that may help with the following help with school supplies, supplies needed for after school activities, setting up transportation or after school or special activities, many will pay for you to attend class trips and special events, tutoring or mentoring services.  Make sure you ask what your school can do for you.
Transportation:
School Districts must provide transportation to and from school if the family becomes homeless however the law does not say what kind of transportation.  Often times the school district will set up a regular school bus other times they may pay for public bus, train or subway, or a taxi, van or other type of car.  The transportation provided must  be safe for the child.
Signs a Student May be Homeless
  1. A child who has attended may different schools
  2. A child has poor attendance
  3. A child who if often tired or sleeping in class
  4. A child who has poor hygiene
  5. A child who is not prepared for school ie. does not have a backpack, books, pencils, homework not completed.
  6. A child who has a change in behavior i.e withdraws, shyness, nervousness, aggression or anger.

What Should I leave Under the Pillow? Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas for Kids

Getting a visit from the tooth fairy is fun and exciting for a child.  Here are a few fun ideas for tooth fairy visits.

  1. Fairy Dust Money- This is something that is easy to do that your child will love.  Just buy some glitter hair spray or body sprays with glitter in it (sold at Bath and Body Works) and spray the money you are going to leave under the pillow with it. This can also be done with coins. Encourage your child to save all their fairy dust money.  As an extra project make with your child a tooth fairy money bank to save all tooth fairy money.
  2. Fairy Dust – Leave some Fairy Dust (glitter) near your child’s pillow or bed.
  3. Tooth Fairy Prints- Stick a Barbie Doll or a doll will small feet in glitter or flour.  Make small footprints near your child’s bed or on night stand. You can also stick doll hands in glitter or flour and make handprints on the wall next to your child’s bed.
  4. Fairy Trail – Leave a trail of glitter or fairy foot prints from your child’s bed to the window.  The footprints can be time consuming so if you have a light sleeper just leave a trail of glitter. Feel like doing a little extra?  Stick a tiny dolls hands in flour or glitter and leave handprints on the window.
  5. Fairy Shadow- Leave a shadow of the tooth fairy on the wall next to your child’s bed.  Google fairy images, print out a picture of a fairy, color it in black, cut it out and tape it to your child’s wall next to their bed.
  6. Tooth Receipt- Type or write up a receipt from the tooth fairy. The receipt can say the date the tooth fairy received the tooth, what time she came and the condition of the tooth.  You can add sorry no returns at the bottom.
  7. Don’t want to leave the tooth under your child’s pillow?  Put the tooth in a cup next to your child’s bed with a little bit of water.  When the tooth fairy comes she will take the tooth an leave a little bit of fairy dust (glitter)in the water.

Fun Things the Tooth Fairy May Leave

  1. Sliver Dollar or Half Dollar
  2. $2.00 Bill
  3. Typed note from the tooth fairy or a tooth receipt
  4. Fairy Dust Money (directions listed above)
  5. Money rolled up and wrapped with dental floss
  6. For a girl you can buy a fairy wand or wings
  7. A small jar with a lid (baby food jars work well) filled with fairy dust (glitter)
  8. A new toothbrush and toothpaste

How to prepare your child for Kindergarten, Fun activities to prepare your child for Kindergarten

You are your child’s first and most important teacher they will ever have.  As a parent we want our children to be successful in school.  Try these activities below to help your child be prepared to Kindergarten.

Letters:

1. Sing the ABC’s over and over again.

2. When reading with your child ask them “which letter is this?”

3. Practice writing letters in upper case and lower case form.

Your Name:

1. Write your child’s name on a piece of paper.  Go through a magazine, book or newspaper with them and point out the letters of their name, then have them try it.

2. You and your child can make letters of your child’s name using play dough or you can make your own clay.

3.  Take a shoe box lid and fill it  half way with sand ( you could also use salt). Using your finger write the first letter of your child’s name then have them repeat it.

4. Using finger paints have your children practice writing the letters of their name.

Scissor Safety and Cutting:

It’s important to teach your child about scissor safety before teaching them how to cut.  First get child safe scissors.  Make sure that if your child is left handed you get left handed scissors. Teach them the proper way to carry or give someone scissors: hold them by the blade while it is closed and facing downward toward the floor.  Then make some rules such as cutting is only for paper and don’t never run with scissors. Teach your child the proper way to hold the scissors.  The thumb should be facing upward.

Practice Cutting:

1. Draw lines across a whole piece of construction paper.  You cut across one of line lines then help your child  cut.  When they have mastered cutting across the lines have them cut easy shapes such as a square then move on to harder shapes like a circle.

2. Once your child has mastered basic cutting go through a magazine and have them cut out pictures of things they like.  Children do a lot of cutting in Kindergarten.  If your child has not mastered the skill before the start of kindergarten don’t worry his/her teacher will work with them.

Glue:

1. Kids love using glue but often use way to much. Have them practice using small amounts of glue. Cut out pictures and letters from newspapers and magazines.  Have them practice using small amounts of glue to glue them to the paper.

2. Collect some small objects from outside with your child such as flowers, sticks, leaves or you can use other items found in a house such as buttons.  Have your child glue them to a piece of construction paper.

3. Write your child’s name on a piece of construction paper.  Using elbow shaped pasta have them glue it on the letters of their name.

Numbers:

1. Practice counting every day. Count up to 10 then when your child has mastered 10 move up to 20 etc…

2. Have your child practice identify numbers.  Ask your child which number is that when you see them on signs, in books, or out running your daily errands.

Once your child has mastered counting and identifying numbers  teach them important numbers such as their phone number, house number and when to dial 911 for emergencies.

Phone number and House number

1. Go over phone or house number with your child.  Draw squares on a piece of paper.  Write one number in each square.  Cut out the squares.  Put the numbered squares in the correct order to make their phone or house number. Mix up the numbers then have your child put them in the correct order.  In a phone number try the first  three numbers first then add on.  Two many numbers at once your child may get frustrated.

Socialization

Get involved with play groups and activities in your neighborhood.  Have a picnic at your local park or take a trip to your local library.  Often libraries offer free or low cost activities for children of all ages.  Children learn a lot of skills such as sharing, learning how to cooperate and problem solving by just playing with other children.

Colors:

1.  When in the grocery store go over the colors of the fruits and vegetables. If your child has already mastered colors play a game of  I Spy.  I spy something red and have your child try to figure out what you are spying, take turns. While looking at the fruits and vegetables try taking home a different fruit or vegetable once in a while to try.

2. Sort by color.  Use colorful cereal or M&Ms and separate them into groups based on color.  Once they have mastered grouping, try making patterns.

3. Give your child coloring books or print out coloring pages online.  Have your child practice coloring neatly and in the line.  Encourage your child to take their time while coloring.

Reading:

Remember to read with your child everyday.  While reading ask your child questions about the characters, what they think will happen next, have them point out colors or pictures on the pages.