Friday, March 18, 2011

Color wheel nutrition craft

Here is how we have been working on the idea of eating a "rainbow" of food every day. Or, as the Bibliophile says: "I ate a color wheel!"

We made this color wheel, and we painted a clothespin to match each color. He starts the day with the pins off, and as he eats a fruit or veggie of each color that day, he adds on a clothespin until he completes the wheel for the day. He still isn't eating platefuls of veggies, but I've been able to get him to eat a little extra by telling him he needs it for his colorwheel. Today midday he actually asked me to give him a green food so he could finish it for the day!

He still isn't a model of perfect nutrition, but I'm more interested in opening his mind to food (which kind of scares me too. With food allergies, pickiness has its benefits) and getting him to eat what I offer him.

Anyway, today's colors went something like: red (organic very berry fruit strip), orange (sweet potato fries at playgroup), yellow (corn), green (spinach pasta - first time he's ever agreed to eat pasta because we found an animal shaped one!), blue (blueberries), purple (grapes).

Comment: what are you favorite kids books about nutrition?

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MaryAnne said...

This is a wonderful idea. Where did you find animal-shaped gluten free pasta?

Infant Bibliophile said...

This one!

Christy said...

I love this idea. R is a great eater, but C is so picky. I wonder if this would help.

SpartanGirl said...

What a great idea! Definitely trying this with my kids - maybe they will finally eat something green!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I like this idea too! I am afraid I would be hard pressed to have all the right foods in the house, especially blue and purple ones. Trying to think about some nutrition books, but nothing except Eating Alphabet comes to mind.

Joyful Learner said...

I had recommended two books on my blog. They would go perfectly with this idea of the color wheel!