Location: Chingford
13th July 2017

The Toddler Blog- Healthy Eating

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Healthy Eating in Rabbits Room

In Rabbits Room (1-2 years) the children got involved in a healthy eating activity. Zalihe provided various fruits and vegetables for the children to taste. The children were able to choose what fruit they wanted and could explore it how they wanted to. Not only did they taste the fruit, they also had a opportunity to cut it up into tiny pieces encouraging their physical development. The staff members in the room encouraged the children to identify the fruits. Elijah said "Apple!" whilst pointing to the apple and Emilia said "Woooow!" when feeling the plum. Speaking about the activity enhances a toddlers communication and language development.

A healthy diet for a toddler is different than a diet for a older child or an adult because toddlers need more fat and less fibre thats recommended for others. 

Top tips to give your toddler a balanced healthy diet

  • Give a mixture of white and whole meal breads and cereals because just whole grain foods are too filling for toddlers.
  • Use some butter, margarine and oils in cooking.
  • Give toddlers small servings of cake and biscuits with fruit for some puddings
  • Eat with your toddlers and praise them when they eat well, as this will encourage them to enjoy them to enjoy their meals.
  • Keep very salty foods to a minimum, this includes crisps and other salty snacks.

Activities to do at home:

Fruit Printing- Chop up your childs favourite fruits; or even better let them chop with you, provide some paints and let your child start stamping! If you don't want your child to get messy, remove their clothes.

Reading healthy eating stories- Reading stories with your child not only gives you bonding time but it can also teach them about healthy eating in a more exciting way.

Role playing- Playing with pretend fruit can help your child get used to the names and colours of the fruit. This activity will also make them more comfortable and familiar with the different fruits as they will be more confident recognising it.

Fruit tasting- Allowing your child to taste different fruits allows them to understand what tastes they like and what tastes they don't.

Where does healthy eating stand in the EYFS?

In the EYFS, healthy eating comes under Physical Development: Health and self-care. It says "Eats a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands need for variety in food".

Fun Facts about healthy eating:

  • Minerals make healthy skin and strong bones and teeth.
  • Fiber helps your body digest food. It is found in vegetables, whole grains and fruit.
  • Vitamins help your body stay healthy and fight disease. Vitamins are found in fruit and vegetables.
  • Fats in milk products, meat and fish help your body build healthy nerves and fight off disease.
  • Protein, which is found in meat, milk products, beans and fish, builds muscles and repairs damage.