Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Persuading Parents to Eat Healthy With a Surprising Reward
Eating Healthy Foods Has Rewards
Adam Mansbach's and Camila Alves McConaughey's Just Try One Bite tells the story of the tables being turned when kids try to get parents to eat healthy instead of the other way around. Parents are always trying to get their children to try healthy foods with promises of coveted rewards. The kids in this famly introduce the topic of eating healthy foods by making a list of unhealthy foods that their parents really like. The parents like to eat ice ccream sundaes for breakfast. The kids want that habit to change. The parents also have the idea that French fries are a healthy dinner. The kids decide that that idea is also a bad idea. How about trying some broccoli? The parents are totally against broccoli and make an attempt to feed the broccoli to the dog. How about a healthy salad with kale? Vegetables are definitely not on the parents' menu! The kids are doing their best to get the parents to try just one bite of a variety of vegetables. A surprise vegetable finally get the parents' attention. Everyone sits down to dinner and the kids decide to offer a surprising reward if the parents eat all of their healthy dinner.
Mike Boldt contributed his talents as an illustrator with colorful and hilarious portrayals of the attempts to get the parents to eat healthy.
Just Try One Bite is recommended for ages 4-8. It was published by Dial Books, a division of Penguin/Random House and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-32414-1.
Hilarious Illustrations Help Tell the Story
Bring Just Try One Bite to the Classroom for Fun Tasting and Cooking Activities
I often included tasting parties and cooking activities in my early elementary classrooms. This delightful and creative picture book and story is one that teachers can use to introduce the topic of healthy eating. The topic of healthy eating habits is often part of the curriculum and creative teachers can build fun learning activities around this topic. It is a good idea to check with parents about any allergies that their child might have before you begin activities with tasting parties and cooking activities.
*Read Just Try One Bite in a story time session. Call attention to the idea that the kids want their parents to eat healthy. Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet.
*Prepare a vegetable tray with a variety of colorful vegetables for students to try and have a tasting party. A healthy dip is always a good idea to add to the vegetable tray for kids to try.
*Prepare a graph with a list of the vegetables from the tray. Graph the number of students who like each vegetable. Read the graph to determine which vegetable was the most popular. This activity provides the opportunity for a math activity to enhance the reading experience.
*Prepare another tray for tasting healthy fruits. Poppy seed dressing is a healthy dip for the fruit tray for students to taste.
*Prepare a healthy recipe for a vegetable soup for student to taste. I always used a portable heating kitchen tool such as an electric hot plate that was classroom friendly when I made soup with my students. Prepare a cooking area in your classroom for students to chop the chosen vegetables. Use a healthy stock for the soup.
*The children in Just Try One Bite offered their parents a surprise reward for eating a healthy dinner. Bring in the surprise reward for your students to have after learning about healthy foods .
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