Super Snack Book

Objective:

Children will create a "recipe booklet" of super snacks to bring home

Materials:

  • Large construction paper
  • Markers, crayons
  • Recipes for children - print the recipes from the Food & Fun After School 2nd Edition Recipe and Taste Test Packet and copy to make books
  • Blank paper
  • Stapler

Instructions:

  1. Explain to children that super snacks are made from "GO foods" like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk or dairy foods, lean meats, and nuts or seeds, while SLOW snacks contain few vitamins, minerals and fiber but do contain a lot of sugar and/or unhealthy saturated or trans fats.
  2. Ask children to name some of their favorite snacks - are they "super" snacks or "slow" snacks?
  3. Remind children that we want to choose super snacks because they give us energy and nutrients to play, learn, and grow.
  4. Tell the group that they will be making a book of super snacks to bring home.
  5. Instruct them to select a color, fold the construction paper in half and decorate the front cover.
  6. As time allows, invite children to decorate the recipe pages (younger children may need help reading the food lists; give them simple instructions such as "draw your favorite fruit here".)
  7. Have children write their own list of favorite super snacks on a blank page, or create a class list and copy to put in the book.
  8. Send the recipe books home to give parents ideas of snacks to serve at home.

Extension Activities:

  • Hold a recipe exchange! Ask parents for ideas or have children switch snack books each night to collect recipes from different families. Encourage families to share recipes from their cultural/ethnic heritage!
  • To get a sense of how much impact this activity is having, the day after creating the snack books, have children who completed the books choose the snacks for the week. Record the snack choices and compare to previous days. Is there a difference?