Rainy Day Fun to Encourage Healthy Eating

Rainy Day Fun to Encourage Healthy Eating

    1. Make Trying (and Retrying) Fun
      Hands-on counting and sorting activities with sliced fruits or veggies make trying new foods a fun experience.

    2. Go Wild!
      Give new foods creative names. For example, green beans are much more exciting if you call them “turtle fries.” Ask your child to help create silly names.

    3. Mix & Match
      Pair a new or disliked food with an ingredient your child enjoys. Does your child dislike peas? Mix peas and pasta (and don’t forget the fun name!) Beetle pasta, anyone?

    4. Be Persistent and Stay Positive
      Some children are just naturally picky eaters. Start small and keep the end in mind, children with healthy minds and bodies!

    For even more resources and ideas, visit Healthier Generation’s family engagement hub.

Creative play is a fun way to inspire children to try new foods--especially fruits and vegetables. Eating healthier foods helps us all to be our best selves--at home, in school, and every place in between. When families prioritize healthy eating, everyone wins!

Are you ready to get hands-on and maybe a little messy? Below are 4 rainy-day arts and crafts activities. Try one or try them all!

  1. Fruit and Veggie 3-D Art

    Talking about healthy eating can seem intimidating, especially if you have a picky eater in your family. Turn the conversation into a night of playful fun. Spread out some newspaper and use modeling clay to make 3-D art of your favorite fruits and vegetables or even action figures that represent healthy habits. Want to take it a step further? Use oven-bake clay and attach adhesive magnets!

  2. Goal Chalkboard

    It’s never too early to share the joy of learning and being our best. A simple DIY project to construct together is a weekly goal chalkboard. It’s as simple as using a wooden board, tape and chalkboard paint. Make it a family project and brainstorm goals together

  3. Upcycled Water Bottle

    Adults and teens can encourage younger children by drinking water together! Why not host a water bottle craft night? Bling up reusable water bottles with stickers and DIY collages of favorite photos; it’s like a vision board you can drink from! Upcycled glass jars are great for the environment (teens only!).

    It’s as simple as:

    1. Draw your own images or cut out shapes from scrap paper and magazines.
    2. Apply dishwasher safe glue (Mod Podge works great!) to the outside of your bottle and apply your decorations.
    3. Let the bottle dry overnight.

    Want a daily reminder to drink more water? Try this activity with blank or upcycled coasters and place them in rooms all over the house!

  4. DIY Stenciled Tote

    Get creative for lunchtime by making your own tote (there are a lot of simple patterns online) or use stencils and fabric paint on a blank canvas bag. Making the goal chalkboard from above? Use chalkboard paint for a tote complete with a daily positive message.

    1. Make Trying (and Retrying) Fun
      Hands-on counting and sorting activities with sliced fruits or veggies make trying new foods a fun experience.

    2. Go Wild!
      Give new foods creative names. For example, green beans are much more exciting if you call them “turtle fries.” Ask your child to help create silly names.

    3. Mix & Match
      Pair a new or disliked food with an ingredient your child enjoys. Does your child dislike peas? Mix peas and pasta (and don’t forget the fun name!) Beetle pasta, anyone?

    4. Be Persistent and Stay Positive
      Some children are just naturally picky eaters. Start small and keep the end in mind, children with healthy minds and bodies!

    For even more resources and ideas, visit Healthier Generation’s family engagement hub.

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