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Rethinking Nutrition for Kids

9 Mar

What do you think of when you hear the word nutrition? Many times, it’s equated to ensuring there is some type of fruit included in a child’s snack time, or a limit on how many chips a child can have. With childhood obesity statistics on the rise, we want to foster the simple idea that nutrition is more than what’s in your child’s diet; it’s a lifestyle! Here are four easy tips to help incorporate nutritious choices as part of your family’s day-to-day:

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1. Modeling

You are looked up to more than you will ever know! Consumption choices, what items are available in the fridge, and how many times you incorporate exercise into your week are all important choices that acts as behavior models for children. Here are some small ways you can make a difference:

  • Pack lunch together. Children can see that you are packing healthy for lunch just like they are!
  • Use Sundays for meal prep. Having meals all ready to go for weeknights is a great way to avoid the fast food run that we all default to when time gets away from us!
  • Workout during chores! Incorporate squats, pushups, and abs into tasks you already have to do. This is a great example for kids to multi-task as they fold laundry, sweep the floors, or clean up their room! Here is a fun article for moms with toddlers: http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/fit-mom-exercise-tips/

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2. Meal Times

We all know what we put into our bodies is important, but at times, it can be hard to know what exactly a healthy balance looks like, especially for a hangry preschooler who only wants chicken nuggets and french fries! We have a helpful Health Eating from Head to Toe Handout that’s a great start for parents. Not only does it suggest what foods to eat, but also does so with colorful illustrations that show what health benefits come from each food group! Find the handout here: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/28885/preschool-healthy-eating-from-head-to-toe-handouts-set-of-50

Nutrition Books to Get You Started: 

Another fun idea to do with the family is to create a “Healthy Recipes” Pinterest board so that you can keep track of nutritious meals your family loves! Follow our family board for weekly inspirations: https://www.pinterest.com/KaplanToys/healthy-family-recipes/

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Active play is an important part of a child’s day! Not only does it burn calories, but it also encourages creativity, builds important muscles, and gives children a chance to interact with their peers as they work on teamwork, friendship, and an understanding of social rules. Whether it’s getting out in the backyard to pass a soccer ball, mediating on a yoga mat, or hiking as a family on the weekend, motivating children to move is an important concept for children to adapt into their lifestyle as they grow. To browse our selection of active play toys, click here. 

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4. Make a Garden

Spring is nearly here! With the start of warm weather comes the prime opportunity to start planting vegetables and herbs for your family meals! Teaching your child how to garden is not only an excellent practice of sustainability, but it will encourage them to incorporate homegrown food into their meals later on. To learn more about the benefits of gardening for children, head over to this article to get started.

Gardening Tools for Toddlers:

 

Share how you are celebrating #NationalNutritionMonth with your kids by commenting below!

The Best Indoor Crafts for Cold Winter Days

28 Dec

Baby, it’s cold outside and Kaplan Toys has plenty of ideas for those looking to have fun (and stay warm) over the holidays! So join us as we count down some of our favorite indoor craft activities for kids of all ages!

#5: Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books

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Make your own fantastic tales with 3 blank books, markers and sticker accents! Your imagination is the limit as you design and tell your stories. For an extra touch, you can add photos, your own art and captions! Bonus book holder is even included. 12 page book measures 4″ x 5″. 4 years & up.

Item Number: 00318

Price: $9.95

#4: Potholder Kit

ImageMake colorful potholders for yourself or your friends on this metal potholder loom! The improved peg design helps keep the loops on while you weave. The Potholder Loom includes a 7″ x 7″ loom, 1 bag of custom-sized multicolored 100% Cotton loops (enough for 2 potholders), 2 hooks (1 metal for weaving, 1 plastic crochet hook for finishing), and illustrated instructions. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 17401

Price: $16.95

#3: Giant Beading Center

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Hundreds of soft foam beads, cool shapes and letters, lots of lanyard strands and elastic cord to complete lots of beading projects! Includes convenient storage tray. 4 years & up.

Item Number: 85800

Price: $21.95

 

#2: Crayola Modeling Clay

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Create three dimensional art projects with this non-hardening clay! Twelve- 1 lb. boxes with four colors – red, green, blue and yellow, each 1/4 lb.

Item Number: 87980

Price: $33.95

 

#1: Magnetic Mosaic – My First Picture Maker

ImageImageCreate an amazing work of art that can be produced over and over again! Includes 300 magnetic square tiles, 20 reusable templates, and a easel with stand. 4 years & up.

Item Number: 00922

Price: $19.99

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