The Veggie Macarena

2014 – A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE

KEY MESSAGES


ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE

EARLY CHILDHOOD

DEVELOPMENT STORY 

KEY MESSAGE 2

GOOD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND EXERCISE ARE CRUCIAL 

Good health for children begins with the mother’s health in pregnancy.  Children need healthy and nutritious food, exercise and a good night’s sleep to make the most of early learning experiences and to set them up for future health.

You can help build a healthy brain by:

Spending one on one time loving your child

Playing with your child

Responding quickly and predictably to your child



Touching and cuddling your child

Providing routines that establish patterns of caring response

Talking directly to your child

Reading and singing to your child


Ref:  Dr Jill Stamm “Bright from the Start”
 

The Butterfly Wings Rhyme for this month is a  fun and active dance
encouraging healthy eating and exercise!



THE VEGGIE MACARENA

Do all the actions for the normal Macarena but sing these words instead.

I like to eat carrots and potatoes
I like to eat carrots and potatoes
I like to eat carrots and potatoes
Carrots and potatoes – YEH

 

If your child enjoys this song why not sing and dance to a Fruity Macarena as well!!!

I like to eat apples and bananas
I like to eat apples and bananas
I like to eat apples and bananas
Apples and bananas – Yeh!!

Holding your infant or dancing around with your toddler, do some simple actions to the Macarena tune singing about eating fruit and vegetables.  Share the dance with other family members and friends – if you attend a playgroup share this song with the other families.  Dancing with your child is lots of fun,  great exercise and if you sing this rhyme your child is learning about healthy food as well!

If you don’t know the actions to the Macarena have a look at this Youtube video

At Butterfy Wings we would like to encourage your family to:

Have a healthy breakfast and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables every day.



Be physically active and provide lots of opportunities to dance, sing, run, skip,
climb and explore the outdoors.



Visit parks, playgrounds, the beach and rainforests. 




Walk instead of using buses, trains or cars when you can.



Encourage children to help around the house with every day chores and physical tasks – sweeping floors, making beds, vacuuming the floor, putting out the washing.



Research states that when children assist with cooking meals they are more likely to experiment with new and different foods – especially healthy food. 

Here are 10 reasons for cooking with children taken from Kids Cooking Activities
 


Boost their self esteem. If your child needs a boost of self confidence, (and who doesn't!) cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family. 

Create family time and bonding. Take time to cook with your children and they will have memories that they, in turn, can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or snack done but the moments with your children will be priceless. (Just remember to have patience. Don't worry about flour on the floor or spilled milk). 

Children will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but they will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making. 

Children learn real lessons in science, language, math and creativity. Cooking will help reinforce all these subjects. Refer to the section below – What children learn when cooking.

What a great way to learn life skills. This can be especially helpful when children are on their own and won't have to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain them. 

They can help contribute to the family and they can feel the importance of helping. 

They are working together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job   done.

 

Cooking teaches them planning and making choices. 

Practice creativity and imagination. Children’s cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations. 



 

PLEASE NOTE - Some ideas and activities for this rhyme of the month, were sourced from the 2012 Children’s Week Challenges, Queensland Health Early Years Initiative, Browns Plains Community Health, Brisbane.

Ref: The neuroscience review from the first stage of the Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story identified a number of child development statements – Key Messages - to share with parents and the community.  The child development statements convey evidence about the importance of the early years Ref: A toolkit for working with families from pre-birth to 8 years ARACY

 Remember to have fun and enjoy being with each other.  
Time is the greatest gift you can give a child.