Introducing your kids to arts and crafts is not just one way for them to express their creativity and what they feel, it is also a way for the ideas that they have learned to be reinforced as well as for them to explore on new concepts. A lot of children enjoy doing some art. This is especially true among toddlers and preschoolers. Any art activity is already a chance to come up with different teaching opportunities for different topics of interest. If you want to teach your kids about nutrition, for instance, you can teach them how to create fun and yummy projects for them. Also, these fun art activities can be done to start discussions about good nutrition and healthy eating. Here are some art activity ideas for kids that incorporate some lessons in nutrition.
• My Food Pyramid
Get a large poster board and draw a large triangle in it. Divide it accordingly based on the standard food pyramid with the fast and sweets portions as well as the five food groups. Label each section with the name of the food group and their recommended daily services. Let your child tear or cut pictures of food from sales papers and magazines. You can also use some food stickers. You then help them glue the food pictures into the proper groups they belong in the food pyramid. You can even use real food in making these art projects.
• Cereal Necklace
Get a yarn, and string cereals like Fruit Loops and Cheerios around it. This is a good activity to develop the fine motor skills of your child. Nonetheless, this is a creative way of serving them healthy and fun snacks.
• Spaghetti is Good for Me
Cook spaghetti noodles and then drain and cool them after. You can dip cotton balls into some brown paint and make sure to use a wax paper to leave them dry. After your noodles have cooled, glue them into a Styrofoam plate. Use red paint to paint sauce on the spaghetti noodles. Once the paint is dry, you then glue the cotton meatballs. Do not let your child eat this project. Be sure to throw it out after 2 to 3 days have passed to prevent mold formation.
• Veggie and Fruit Painting
Slice different vegetables and fruits into either thick circles or chunks. You can include radishes, carrots, apples, and potatoes for this project. You can be more creative by including different shapes of pepper pieces as well as celery pieces. Prepare a child size art easel using a paper. Dip the veggie pieces that you have cut into the paint. You then proceed to have your kid stamp them onto the paper that you have prepared.
• Bugs on a Log
You can simply spread a celery stalk with some peanut butter. Top it off with raisins to give your child a healthy afternoon snack.
• Colorful Toast
Get a small amount of milk and mix it with different colors of food coloring. Allow your child to paint a piece of bread using a small brush, making sure that the bred is not too wet. You can then toast the bread, top it with butter, and let your child enjoy what they have done.