The "Today I Ate a Rainbow" kit comes with a magnetized chart (for tracking fruits & veggies eaten), 4 sets of colorful magnets for tracking, 4 rainbow cloud reward magnets and The Rainbow Bunch Book. The kit was created by a Mom. I find that Mom created products are some of my favorites. :)
Keep reading for my experience using the "Today I ate a Rainbow" and also some tips I learned from Kia, president and creator of "Today I ate a Rainbow".
I'm pretty diligent about both of us following a nutritious diet (lots of colorful plant food) but, as with anyone, junk food and not so healthful food will creep back into our diet - especially hers. It was at one of these times that I started making the "Making Healthy food Fun" plates. (See previous blog post for more information.) Being a Mom calls upon so many skills, including creativity, doesn't it? The plates made the food more fun to eat so she was eating more of her rainbow. I would talk about how many rainbow colors she had eaten - just with one plate - and then we would talk about the missing colors and what else she might want to eat that day. It was actually my daughter who thought to use her Rainbow Chart again. One day when we were talking she ran over and said, "I need to put this on my Rainbow Chart!" Never give up. Something "old" can become "new" again!
I've been emailing with Kia,"Today I ate a Rainbow" president and creator. She is such a nice person! One of those people you feel like you have known forever from the first conversation. She has such a huge heart for helping kids. Here are some of her suggestions which I thought were great. When the "newness" of the chart wears off, change things up by making one week all about eating a rainbow of fruit, the next a rainbow of just veggies or maybe step it up and go for eating two rainbows a day or use it to track a rainbow of new fruits/veggies they have never tried before. Really there are lots of options. You can also involve your child in the grocery shopping. Plan ahead which foods you want to buy, by each color of the rainbow.
Finally, have fun with this and make it fun for your kids. Entice rather than forcing. And let this be fun for you too. I have found that I really enjoy creating fun fruit & veggie plates for my daughter. It's a win, win for us and I hope it will be for you too!
If you click the "Today I ate a Rainbow" logo to the right, you'll go directly to the "Today I ate a Rainbow" site. There are more tips there. They located in Canada. If you are interested in ordering a kit, Amazon is probably your best option, unless you live in Canada of course. You can get free shipping if you order $25 worth of merchandise or if you are an Amazon Prime member, your kit will ship free of shipping charges. Here's the link for Amazon: Today I ate a Rainbow.
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