TUMMY TROUBLE (Episode 105b)
The dogs convince themselves that it's okay to keep eating treats as
long as they have done something "special" to deserve them. All three
learn that too much of a good thing can be bad.
Big Idea: Be Responsible
Being responsible is a lifelong lesson. A discussion of health habits
makes a good beginning for a conversation about personal responsibility.
It's never too early to begin teaching children about responsible eating
habits and food choices. Discussions about eating in moderation and
what makes food healthful or "bad for you" will develop
- science concepts
- discovery skills
- critical thinking skills
Have the child cut pictures of food from magazines. Then stimulate
discussion of the pictured foods with such questions as
- Which foods are high in sugar?
- Which foods are high in fat?
- Which foods should be eaten only in small quantities?
- Which can or should be eaten in larger quantities?
With a Group:
Pass the pictures around or post them on the bulletin board.
With a Group:
Introduce the food pyramid. Have the children put together a display
of balanced meals. Introduce them to the idea of eating a balanced meal
that includes appropriate amounts of fruits and vegetables, proteins,
carbohydrates, and fats. Create a balanced menu and then have children
draw pictures to show what it would look like on the table. Continue
to create many balanced menus, drawing on the children's ethnic backgrounds
and food preferences.
Encourage them to keep food diaries for a week. What foods should they
have eaten more or less of? Could they have made better snack choices?
What other changes could they make to improve the balance?