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NEEDs for Tots Lessons

Peek inside the 6 lessons to see activities, storybooks, parent handouts and more…

Prologue:
Mealtime is Family Time

Parents view a short program about family mealtime. They receive a handout about feeding their preschooler as well as a magnet and four coasters that reinforce the Division of Responsibility in Feeding concepts shown in the program and subsequent lessons.


Prologue: Mealtime is Family Time

 

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  • Introduction
  • Parent Handout
  •  Coasters
Mealtime is Family Time (3-minute video). Click to learn more…


The Cow Loves Cookies: Showing How We Enjoy Eating

Children read the book The cow loves cookies and explore the enjoyment of eating. Children show, in words and actions, how animals and they like to eat. This lesson is taught anytime after Prologue.


The Cow Loves Cookies: Showing How We Enjoy Eating

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  • Introduction (The Cow Loves Cookies: Show How We Eating)
  • Parent Handout (Eating Competence)
  • Take-home Activity (Showing Our Enjoyment of Eating)

Let’s Eat (A Comer): What Counts as Family Mealtime?

Children read the book Let’s Eat (A Comer) and identify the benefits of eating together. They learn what counts as family mealtime and evaluate 8 mealtime scenarios. A food tasting activity lets them try some foods shown in the book. This lesson is taught anytime after Prologue.


Let’s Eat (A Comer): What Counts as Family Mealtime?

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  • Introduction (Let’s Eat (A Comer): What Counts as Family Mealtime)
  • In-class Activity (Let’s Eat)
  • Activity Cards (4 pictures)

 

Conversation Starters

Children learn about food-neutral conversation. They create a “Chinese take-out box” to hold “fortunes” that can be used to start mealtime conversation in school and at home. This lesson is taught anytime after Prologue.


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  • Introduction (Conversation Starters)
  • In-class Activity (Chinese Take-Out Conversation Starters)
  • In-class Activity (What is Mealtime Conversation?)

Bee-bim Bop: Cooking and Being Together

Children read the book Bee-bim Bop and “pretend” to cook and eat together a Bee-bim Bop meal. They practice politely accepting and refusing the “pretend” foods. This lesson is taught anytime after Prologue.


Prologue: Mealtime is Family Time

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  • Introduction
  • Take-home Activity (Pretending to Cook and Eat Bee-bim Bop)
  • Take-home Activity (Practicing the Motions of Cooking Bee-bim Bop)

Eating the Rainbow: It’s a Child’s Choice

Children practice the concept of food acceptance and refusal while reading Eating the Rainbow, A Colorful Food Book and participating in a food-tasting activity. This lesson is taught anytime after Prologue.


Prologue: Mealtime is Family Time

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  • Introduction
  • Food Tasting Activity
  • Parent Handout

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