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Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Game for Kids

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  • Created by a mom, Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating 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 one of the Best 100 Children's Products of 2011 by Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved
  • Includes a free reward chart, 90 illustrated cards, and rules of play; Made on recycled paper
  • Your purchase supports non-profit children's nutrition programs including Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and FoodCorps
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Created by a mom, Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Game is the award-winning nutrition game that makes healthy eating fun! Kids earn points for eating a balanced and colorful plate of veggies, fruits, proteins and grains. Bonus points for trying new foods and good manners! Getting kids to eat healthy has never been so easy and rewarding. By playing this game, your kids will learn to choose nutritious foods for themselves. Plus, a portion of your purchase* supports non-profit children's nutrition programs including Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and FoodCorps. Named one of Dr. Toy's Best 100 Children's Products of 2011 and winner of the Parent Tested, Parent Approved award. Now go Crunch a ColorTM! *5% of net profits.


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  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005I63E9U
  • Item model number: HealthyEatingGame
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,078 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan L Sims on July 13, 2012
When I first heard about Crunch a Color I was ecstatic. It seemed to be just what I'd been looking for to end the power struggles around the dinner table. Crunch a Color is a game where kids earn points based on what they choose to eat for the day. The number of points vary from 5 points for things like grapes, apples, and potatoes, up to 15 points if they choose something like asparagus, spinach, or eggplant. The goal is to earn 30 points each day and then at the end of the week they can earn a prize. The genius here is that by approaching food this way there is absolutely no reason for your child to resist eating. They're no longer eating a food because you say so, they're motivated by that daily goal.

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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2014
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After owning this product for a few weeks, I'll admit that it hasn't had the impact on my son that I would have liked it to have, but he's a pretty willful kid. Even so, we did see some good results thanks to this game.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TwinsPlusOne on November 15, 2012
A few weeks ago a friend gave us this game as a gift and it's been the focal point of our kitchen table ever since. If you have anyone in your house that is under the age of 12, a remotely selective eater, and/or you'd love to see more good fruits and vegetables go into your kids, you need to get Crunch a Color. Now.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rysker on March 4, 2013
Crunch a Color is fantastic! I absolutely recommend this to any parents out there who are trying to get their kids to eat a more balanced meal. My daughter loves eating certain types of food and used to shun others, but with Crunch a Color, she's really keen on trying to "win" and it's made feeding her a balanced meal a joy instead of chore. The time and effort we spend cooking meals really feels worth it now that she readily eats and tries at least a little bit of everything. Thanks!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on May 13, 2015
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This is one of the best purchases I have ever made for my family. I can't praise this enough! My 5 year old has been notoriously picky about food since she was 2. Crying, panicking, running from the dinner table, generally no fun. The rest of us love to eat healthy and sometimes adventurous recipes and I love to cook new foods. In retrospect it must have been mainly a power struggle issue because she would eat a lot of things hidden in foods as long as she didn't know it was there. Anyway, we are two weeks in now and there have been zero food related arguments and she hasn't whined about anything. The key thing is, the rules are not set by me, the rules are the fault of the game, she can't argue with game rules!

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!
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