As a parent, there are a lot of important life skills to teach your child. With today’s obesity epidemic, we have to take that responsibility even more seriously. Teaching your child to be healthy can give them the tools they need to make good decisions and to be healthy. Things are easier to learn when they are fun. So here are some great games for toddler aged kids and preschool printables to help you teach your kids to be healthy.
1 – At http://pbskids.org/games/healthy-habits/, there are toddler games that kids can play on a tablet or mobile phone. There, kids can learn about good sleeping habits, how to shop at the grocery store, and the importance of getting enough exercise and eating the right foods.
2 – Finding a great preschool printable that your child can color or draw on can teach kids in a different way than online activities. The preschool printables at this site can teach kids about the five food groups and help them understand which foods are an “always” choice or a “hardly ever” choice.
3 – Sometimes toddler games played right at the table are the best way to reinforce concepts that you’re trying to teach. One of the most educational games is Where Did I Come From (the food, not the child)? This is how you play: If you’re eating an apple together, for example, ask “Where did I come from?” (you can even use a silly voice and pretend you’re the apple) and keep giving clues until your child gets it right. Other examples are potatoes/plant buried under ground, lemon/tree, milk/cow, bread/wheat crop, honey/bees, etc. See if you can visit a farm or grower’s market to see what ‘real foods’ really look like.
However you choose to teach your kids about the importance of eating healthy and being healthy, consider these age appropriate games for toddler or preschool printables. Knowing how to be healthy is one of the most important life skills that you will teach your child. Because we know how important it is, we teach it at school, too. Like the saying goes, the more you know, the more you grow.