Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Game for Kids
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- Created by a mom, Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Nutrition Game is a mealtime card game that makes healthy eating fun for the whole family
- Kids earn points for eating a balanced and colorful meal -- bonus points for trying new foods and good manners
- Named Best 100 Children's Products by Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved
- Featured by Parents Magazine, Jamie Oliver, and Rachael Ray
- Includes a free reward chart, 90 illustrated cards, and rules of play
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I knew immediately that this would be embraced by my competitive six year old, and boy was it! After a day or two of learning the ropes I found her rummaging through the refrigerator looking for bok choy. She wasn't even sure what bok choy was, but she was determined to get those points. You see bonus points are awarded for trying a new food, so new foods became the targets she zeroed in on in a hurry. As we started the second week I began making my grocery list for the weekly shopping and asked Sophie if there was anything she'd like to add. In a flash she was standing next to me with her deck of cards naming a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to food choices, there are several ways to earn a few extra points during the week, my favorite one being "Start a conversation at the dinner table". With just that small suggestion a new habit has been formed - every night Sophie asks us about our day. So not only are we no longer at a standoff over what's on her plate, we're actually talking and, dare I say, smiling during dinner. Amazing!
The concept is easy: your child earns a color card for each fruit or vegetable they eat, and they earn cards for eating healthy proteins, healthy grains, and drinking water or milk. There are bonus cards for things like trying a new vegetable or starting a conversation at the dinner table. The goal is to earn one protein card and three colors cards each day, and to earn a minimum of 30 points. If you're trying a more exotic fruit or vegetable, the benefits are obvious as the color cards consist of 5,10, or 15 points, depending on how unusual the fruit/vegetable is. The competitive nature of the game should work well if you have multiple children.
My son is four and a painfully picky eater. I was getting tired of nightly battles over him trying his food, so this game seemed like a good way to try to encourage more positive interactions. I decided to get my ten-year-old daughter involved as well. She's more adventurous but still balks at some foods. In the end, I think the game has benefited her the most. We decided on a small prize at the end of each week, and she's very motivated to get all of her cards each day so that she can win the prize.
The game has reduced the amount of complaining she does and encouraged her to try things she tends to fuss over. The other big bonus is that it's made dinnertime more peaceful and encouraged the kids to engage in polite behavior like starting a dinner conversation.Read more ›
So far it's inspired the following in our house:
An impeccably set dinner table most nights
6 new fruits and vegetables sampled by twin 4-year-olds and a six-year-old, eagerly, I might add.
A newly discovered love of arugula
Far less dissent when protein appears on a plate
1 heated discussion about what constitutes a healthy grain
A better understanding of what constitutes a serving size for different bodies
1 request for a third helping of Brussels Sprouts
I wish I had found it sooner!
Our favorite card is the double points for trying a new food. She just loves trying to beat her sister and trying a new food is the perfect way for her to do that. Plus, while she is in a great game-playing mood, we are able to talk about why certain foods are worth more points and which foods aren't worth any points at all. We have talked about whole grains vs white bread, quinoa and cauliflower rice vs white rice, and the most helpful: how to determine a serving size. Now it's not me telling her to eat 4 broccoli, it's the game! And she busts out her little fist and measures an appropriate serving of broccoli. The value of this game has far exceeded the cost already even if we stop playing it soon, I'm sure she will remember these tidbits of information.
Also very important to know is that you may actually have to change the way you eat as well. You have to eat 3 different colors of fruits or vegetables - you have to have this available in the house!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Healthy Eating Game is GOLDEN. The design and execution of the Game is amazing, and makes sitting at the table to eat dinner together about nutrition, conversation, involving... Read morePublished 1 month ago by preacherlady
This is not a game!!! It is a weekly program to teach children how to eat properly. You earn points throughout the week! Read morePublished 10 months ago by CAL
I bought this book because we struggle with picky eating in our house and wanted to encourage new foods. Read morePublished 12 months ago by TB78
my grandchildren will love this if their parents use it. Opens up a whole new world of eating.Published 12 months ago by kay
Gave this to my neighbor's 8 year old daughter who is very picky. She loves it! I l also got them the companion book 52 New Foods Challenge.Published 13 months ago by Melissa Norton
This is adorable and well made, but I can't give it 5 stars because my kid didn't respond. I did make a bit mistake though - and don't make the same one! Read morePublished 15 months ago by NG
Amazing! My 4 yo used to be in the white diet. White rice, plain noodles with butter, etc. I would make homemade delicious nutritious foods brimming with a cornucopia of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Be the Change You Wish to See
Awesome game! Crunch A Color has put the fun back into family meal time and my kids are eating more fruits and veggies than ever before! Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. Kerr