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.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be ResponsibleClifford's 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

A Healthy StartA Healthy Start

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.

Balancing ActBalancing Act

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.

For Older ChildrenFor Older Children

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?

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