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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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 ›
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!
Looking for a family gift? Tired of eating white foods? This game will help make dinner time an enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great idea but the general execution and how it works is really lacking. Since children are so visual, it would be more helpful to have images of each food instead of a list of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Harding
Not a board game like I thought it would be. Its more of an ongoing record of what you're eating. Not ideal for my 5 and 7 year old with short attention spans.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Has changed dinner time tremendously! This has become a common dinnertime companion and we looooove it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andra
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. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stacy
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 15 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 18 months ago by TB78
my grandchildren will love this if their parents use it. Opens up a whole new world of eating.Published 18 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 19 months ago by Melissa Norton