Activities Families Can Do with Children
- Food critic game where children select a new food to try and rate it on visual appeal, smell, taste, and texture681
- Grocery store bingo where children identify foods they see in the grocery store to try to get a 5 in a row bingo682
- Make food visually appealing by turning it into art
- Kid’s Restaurant: Kids get to plan out the meal, design the menu, and prepare the dish
- Growing a garden (or starting small with an herb box in a window)
- Going to a local farmer’s market or farm stand to find local food options to buy, take home, and turn into a delicious meal.
- Remove distractions, such as phones, tablets, and turn off the television.
- Have conversations. Use starters like:
- Give each family member the spotlight to share their highlight, lowlight, and “funnylight”
- If our family lived in a zoo, what animals would we be and why?
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one food to eat, what would it be and why?
- Pass on traditions, both the foods and the stories behind them
- Let the children make the choices (from a healthy selection of foods)
- Let everyone help prepare and clean up after meals
- Consider a change of scenery, like a picnic
- Reserve a special plate to rotate between family members, for example on birthdays, when someone gets a good grade, or any other occasion you’d like to recognize.683