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Encourage Healthy Eating with a “Kid’s Restaurant”!

2013-03-29 by Katie Heap

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This “Healthy Eating for Kids” article is written by Guest Blogger Katie Heap of Live Craft Eat

What better way for your child to learn about healthy eating than to play with it! By creating your very own Kid’s Restaurant, your child will learn to not only identify several different food items, but will learn that making good choices about the food he eats can be enjoyable, too!

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To set up your own restaurant, have your child dress up in chef attire: either an apron or a Chef Role Play Costume will do the trick. Give him access to oven mitts and other appropriate kitchen items, such as plates and napkins.

Next, print out a menu(s). Laminate each one, or insert in a page protector. This will make it durable and allows you to use it multiple times.

[Click to download the Super Sandwich Menu, The Terrific Taco & Burrito Menu, and The Perfect Pizza Menu. These menus correlate with the following Felt Play Food Sets: Sandwich Set, Taco & Burrito Set, and Pizza Set.]

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Using Dry-Erase Markers, ask your child to place a check mark or “X” beside each food item he would like. Encourage your child to identify each item he comes across either by sight or through reading the words beneath the items.

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After placing his order, or if siblings or friends are over to play and he has taken their orders (this will aid in communication skills), have your child match the pictures of the food items he’s selected with the actual item in the Felt Play Food Set. Each time he picks up a new item, encourage him to identify it. Help him learn to follow instructions by showing him the correct order described on the menu.

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After playing with his felt food, he can use these menus to decide what he wants for his “real” lunch or dinner. A great bonus to playing with your food is that when you get so excited about learning the ingredients, sometimes real-life imitates play!

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How do you encourage healthy eating with your kids? Share your own ideas and photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

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Katie Heap

Katie Heap is the author of Live Craft Eat–a place where she writes about her 3 loves: her family, her crafting endeavors, and learning to cook.  Follow Live Craft Eat on Pinterest and Facebook as well.

10 Comments

  • Toni

    November 16, 2016 3:55 pm

    Since I couldn't find a link all I did was copy paste in Word Office.. I also cropped it

  • Kelley

    October 23, 2016 10:59 am

    Has there been any answer yet as to where the link is to download? Would love this as well.

  • Ddana

    October 17, 2016 3:19 pm

    Also wondering where the link is

  • Cooper

    October 16, 2016 9:06 am

    I don't see a link to download the menus, but you can right click and copy the large menu image (2nd image from the top) and paste it into a Word Doc. Enlarge to fit the whole page in "Landscape" orientation with narrow margins. It works out pretty well!

  • Cooper

    October 16, 2016 9:06 am

    I don't see a link to download the menus, but you can right click and copy the large menu image (2nd image from the top) and paste it into a Word Doc. Enlarge to fit the whole page in "Landscape" orientation with narrow margins. It works out pretty well!

  • Angela

    October 15, 2016 7:51 pm

    Looking for the download link as well. Thank you!

  • Joyce

    October 10, 2016 9:14 pm

    Where do you click to download the menus. I would love to access them! Thanks!

  • Megan

    October 8, 2016 5:20 pm

    Hi, would love to download as well! Disappointed I can't click anywhere to download. Please let us know when the link works!

  • Jamie

    October 3, 2016 8:31 pm

    I am with Valerie! Where do you click to download the menus! I would love to access them! Thanks!

  • Valerie

    October 3, 2016 12:57 pm

    Where do you click to download the menus. I clicked all over and no links. Please help.

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