Healthy Children - May 2018

Activities to do with Kids

Are you looking for fun ways to teach kids about healthy eating? Try these activities, with free pintables, to get the whole family on board with making healthier choices.

Preschool and Elementary-Aged Kids

  • Food Critic
    • Kids are much more likely to try new foods when they get to take the lead. In this fun game, kids get to pick a new food at the grocery store, taste it, and rate it like a food critic.
  • Grocery Store Bingo
    • Make your weekly errand an opportunity for your kids to learn about new foods and healthy eating choices with this printable bingo card.
  • Food Art
    • Show kids that healthy foods can be beautiful and appetizing. Check out these foods art examples to inspire your creativity.
  • MyPlate Printable Activities and Coloring Sheets
    • Print these activity sheets for kids to learn more about healthy eating, including a coloring page, word scramble, crossword puzzle and more.
  • Blast Off Game
    • In this online game, kids must fuel up their MyPlate spaceship with smart food choices and physical activity to fly to Planet Power.

Tweens and Teens

  • Kid’s Restaurant
    • Let the kids be the chef. Kids get to plan out the meal, design a menu for you, and prepare the dish.
  • MyPlate Checklist Calculator
    • Enter your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level to get a personalized food plan showing what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance.
  • Grow a Garden
    • Get tweens and teens involved in family meals with gardening. You can start small, with a window herb box in your kitchen or a garden in your yard.
  • Learn Where your Food Comes From
    • Helping kids learn about the source of their food and the people who produce it may motivate them to make healthy choices. Attend a local farmer’s market or farm stand as a family and gather ingredients for a meal to cook together. Fin a market near you!
  • Tip Sheets for Teens
    • Young people experience many changes during their tween and teen years. Building healthy food and physical activity habits will help them now and as they enter adulthood. These tips can help make them take charge and learn to make their own choices.
      • 10 tips for Girls: Eat Smart and Be Active as You Grow
      • 10 tips for Boys: Choose the Foods You need to Grow
  • Summer Food, Summer Moves Activity Guilds for Families
    • These guides provide tons of great ideas to help families be active and maintain healthy eating patterns while school is out.