What to expect: Nutrition and health, lifestyle
Take a step back and think: What have you eaten today?
Amid the ever-increasing reports of childhood obesity and other health-related issues, IF IT DOES NOT GROW SAY NO: EATABLE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS is an exciting book about nutrition that is body positive and fun.
This activity book features child-friendly descriptions of different aspects of nutrition, from sugars to fiber to the physical breakdown of whole grains. There are word search puzzles and quizzes with nutrition-themed answers as well, adding to the educational value of the book. The book neatly balances the hard facts of nutrition with more accessible concepts, like colorful selections of fruits and vegetables. There are quite a few worksheets that ask children to think about what they have eaten recently, how to categorize their food based on nutrition, and how to make healthy choices in the future.
Several fun recipes with pictures make this activity book interactive. Children will love to bake their own sweet potatoes just like the pictures, or make open smiley-face sandwiches that feature balanced proteins and healthy whole wheat. There are even two types of kabob recipes for both fruits and vegetables. The recipes are very easy with only a few steps, so even the busiest families can find time to incorporate these healthy ideas into snack or dinner time, which is really the entire point.
The pictures and illustrations are good, and the layout of the book encourages interaction and child participation. There are many places for children to fill in worksheets or write about their own favorite foods.
This would be a great activity book for parents to try with their children, especially if they are struggling with making better food choices. The activities are engaging and non-judgmental, making the conversations about food choices more fun. This would also be an excellent workbook for schools or after-school programs, along with other classroom education on nutrition. Recommended for preschool and elementary school-aged children.