These tips from the National Institutes of Health to use the Nutrition Labels on some of your favorite foods to make healthier food choices for you and your family. Read them with your kids as you are at the grocery store. Comparing calories per serving? Make it a game! You’ll build literacy and math skills, and be healthier for it.
Activities of the Week
Read the label!
Play 21 Questions.
Stuck inside on a rainy day or starting to feel bored on a long car ride? The game 21 Questions is a great way to pass the time. One player thinks of something (anything!). The other players have 21 yes or no questions to ask that player to try to guess whatever that player had thought of. You can play with kids of any age and use the opportunity to have your kids practice critical thinking skills while having fun!
Make a fun snack together.
Nachos are versatile, easy to make, and delicious! Get your kids involved in the food prep and try one of these three nacho recipes from Fatherly.
Enjoy a National Park for free.
This year the National Park Service has ten fee-free days on which you and your family can visit any National Park Service site for free. There are more than 400 parks nationwide, so check out the NPS website to find one close to you.
March 21st is the first day of Spring.
Make spring cleaning more fun for your kids by putting on a family fashion show. Collect clothes that don't fit anymore to donate! Not only will your closet be cleaner, but you will be teaching your kids the importance of giving to others.
Start the conversation about drugs and alcohol.
Although this may be a challenging topic for many parents to discuss with their kids, it is incredibly important for a healthy, trusting relationship. For some effective approaches and advice for talking to your teens, visit the CASA Family Day Blog.
Talk to your daughter about a career in STEM.
On January 23rd, 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was granted her medical degree, making her the first female to be recognized as a physician in U.S. history. Let your daughter know she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to, including a career in sciences and technology, where women are underrepresented. For more information about women in STEM, visit the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Help kids design their own placemat.
It can be hard getting kids to sit still during dinner, but letting them get creative by "designing" their own placemats can help keep their attention on the table at meal time. Learn more about this fun craft here.