Today, Kelly from Kelly’s Classroom is sharing her experience making play dough with kids, so Alecia from Learning2Walk and I are bringing you this free printable board game to teach kids about healthy eating in a fun way!
This printable board game teaches children about each of the food groups and how to eat a balanced diet within their day. This is a great way to engage children in a conversation about healthy eating, especially if you are dealing with a picky eater who will handle the conversation best when the actual healthy food is not present.
We purposefully created this game to be flexible for a variety of game variations.
Healthy Eating Game Instructions:
Way to Play #1: Collect the Food Groups
Roll the dice to determine how many squares to move your game piece. If you land on a square with a picture of a food group, collect the token for that food group.
The goal is to make it to the finish square with a token from all four food groups. If you are missing a food group, each dice roll after the finish will move you backwards until you collect them all.
Way to Play #2: A Balanced Day
Look at our healthy eating chart to determine how many servings of each food group each player needs each day, and that is the number of each food group tokens that each player needs to gather.
Just like in the first variation of the game, go backwards on the game board until you gather enough game tokens.
Way to Play #3: A Balanced Day Variation
For a quicker version of #2, when each player lands on a food group square, they can roll the dice to determine how many tokens they are to receive of that food group. Keep in mind that “too much” of one thing does not make up for “too little” of another.
Way to Play #4: Magnets
Take the game off the board and onto the fridge – add magnets to the back of the tokens and use them to keep a running tally of the day’s food. At suppertime, reflect on the successes and imbalances of the day, and/or discuss the day’s progress at lunchtime to see if your child needs to change course.
What other ways can you think of to play with your free printable board game for healthy eating?
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