Healthy Children - June 2012


9 Ways To Be Active

  1. Create an indoor parade. Have your child dress up and march through the house with a doll or stuffed animal.
  2. Visit farm where children can help pick their own fresh fruit or vegetables.
  3. Cut one side out of a pint-size carton to make pretend skate. Make two skates. Have your child put one foot in each skate and slide across and uncarpeted floor. Add music to increase the fun.
  4. Go outside for a walk. Look for wildflowers, insects, birds, rocks, leaves, and butterflies.
  5. Place a long strip of masking tape on your carpet and ask you child to hop back and forth on this tight rope.
  6. Walk to a playground and enjoy the equipment there.
  7. Place a pillow on the floor for your child to roll over.
  8. Blow bubbles, and follow them where they go.
  9. Turn on some lively music and dance.


Today at child care your child learned why it is important to turn off the TV and be active instead. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children watch no more than one to two hours of quality TV and videos each day. Active playtime helps children grow and develop. Let supper simmer, and enjoy some active time with your child by preparing the hearty soup recipe below.

Chicken Noodle Soup

10 cups
8 adults
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 clove minced garlic
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon flour
½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
6 cups fat-free chicken broth
4 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced, skinless cooked chicken
3 cups uncooked wide noodles
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1. Brown onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil in skillet.
2. Stir flour and poultry seasoning together in small bowl.
3. Blend flour/seasoning mixture into the browned vegetables. Pour into slow cooker.
4. Pour broth, potatoes and chicken into the slow cooker.
5. Stir, and cool on low or 5-6 hours or until the potatoes are soft.
6. Add noodles and evaporated milk.
7. Cook until noodles are tender, approximately 20 minutes. (Do not bring to a boil after milk is added.)


Have your child help you do the bold steps.

Reprinted with permission from the Child and Adult Food Care Program