One of my biggest challenges as a parent is to get C Monster to eat fruits and vegetables. To make it less arbitrary to him when I say "you can not have more bread until you eat vegetables", I decided to make him an interactive food guide. I used the canadian food guide as my example. They have a section where one can create a personal food guide. I used this to determine how much food a 4-year-old boy should be eating.
For the interactive guide I just drew and coloured a chart on a piece of paper and then printed pictures of the food groups off the internet. I cut each one out and attached a magnet to each. Voila: a food guide simple enough a 4-year-old gets it.
The house rules for the food guide are:
- No dessert until all other categories are filled up.
- Once you are done your bread products, that is it for that category.
- Once you have filled up all 4 food group categories, you get a sticker.