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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 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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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. 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!

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Product Dimensions 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 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
Best Sellers Rank #150,026 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#954 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Basic & Life Skills Toys
#2,488 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys > Learning
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By Bookphile VINE 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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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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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 everyone in the process, and everyone trying new things.

Looking for a family gift? Tired of eating white foods? This game will help make dinner time an enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
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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! I thought I'd encourage her by doing the game myself as well, but I naturally eat a lot of vegetables and fruits, so I of course always had a lot more points than her, which made her feel like she wasn't accomplishing as much. Just have the picky eaters play it. I am going to try it again after a while and I hope we'll have better results when there isn't the unintentional competition involved.
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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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