We end every kids class with a 5 minute game and then a few minutes for decompression and the daily questions. So at the end of the game, we get the kids to circle up, take a few breaths, quiet down and then we always ask two questions:
1). What movements did we work on today?
2). The lesson question (changes day-to-day).
Question #1: What movements did we work on today?
This question is asked every day so that kids can review and learn the names of movements. Kids should raise their hand and can only share one movement so that other kids get a chance to share as well.
Question #2: Lesson
This question changes every day, but usually focuses on just a few topics: nutrition, games, movements. You can theme each week around a specific topic or subtopic if that makes is easier to plan or more fun for the kids. Here are a few examples of how that would look:
Week 1: Water, Juice, Beverages
Day 1: What’s the healthiest thing to drink in the world?
WATER! Remind kids that this is what we should be drinking the most of!
Day 2: Should we drink Gatorade and sports drinks?
No, those drinks have a lot of sugar and water is ALWAYS the better choice for our bodies.
Day 3: Should we drink a certain amount of water every day?
No, just drink when you’re thirsty.
Day 4: We talked about how sports drinks are full of sugar, what do you guys think about juices like apple juice and orange juice?
Those are also very full of sugar. It’s better is to eat the actual fruit. Eat the apple or eat the orange!
Day 5: Did you drink more water this week?
Encourage kids to pack a canteen of water for school or other activities. Ask kids if they chose juice or sugary drinks over water this week.
Week 2: Eating the Rainbow
Day 1: We want to eat fruits and veggies that are the colors of the rainbow! Who can think of any fruits and vegetables that are red?
Red apples, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, beets, radishes, bell peppers, tomatoes.
Day 2: Who can think of any fruits and vegetables that are yellow or orange?
Apples, apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, lemons, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapples, tangerines, butternut squash, carrots, bell peppers, pumpkin, squash, corn, sweet potatoes.
Day 3: Who can think of any fruits and vegetables that are green?
Avocados, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi, limes, peas, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, green beans, celery, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, bell peppers, zucchini.
Day 4: Who can think of any fruits and vegetables that are blue or purple?
Blackberries, blueberries, grapes, plums, raisins, eggplant.
Day 5: What is your favorite color, and did you eat any fruits or vegetables this week that are that color?
Let kids choose their favorite color (red/orange/yellow/green/blue/purple) and then tell you what fruit or vegetable they ate with that hue. OR ask kids this question: What’s your favorite vegetable or fruit you ate this week? When they raise their hand and give a reply, you can follow-up with “What color was it?”
Weeks 3, 4 and 5: Protein, Fats, Carbs
Day 1: What are examples of protein and why should we eat protein at every meal?
Eggs, chicken, beef, ham, turkey, etc. We can think of bodies like a race car – protein would be all of the parts that make the car like the engine, doors, seats, etc. just like our muscles and bones are what make up our bodies. Eating protein at every meal helps build and repair our muscles and body and keep it strong! Protein is super important!
Day 2: What did you eat today that was protein?
Ex: eggs for breakfast, meat in a sandwich, chicken, etc.
Day 3: What do fats do for our body and what are examples of good fats we should eat?
If we were a race car, fats would be the gas. Every car needs gas to run and our bodies also need it throughout the day. Good fats also help our brain! Examples of good fats or foods that have good fats are avocados, nuts, fish, eggs, olive oil, etc. Examples of foods that have bad fats are chips, most fast food such as McDonalds, doughnuts, etc.
Day 4: What have you eaten today that was a healthy fat?
Ex: eggs for breakfast, avocado, handful of nuts, etc.
Day 5: What did you have for lunch today? What is one thing that you could have had that would have been healthier?
Ex: baby carrots instead of chips, water instead of soda or juice, etc.
Day 6: What are example of carbs and what do carbs do for our body?
If we were a race car, carbs would be the special racing fuel. Whenever we need our body to work really hard such as when we workout or when play sports, carbs are great! Examples of good carbs fruit, rice, sweet potatoes, etc. Examples of bad carbs are soda, chips, candy, etc.
Day 7: We want our carbs to have a lot of healthy vitamins and minerals in them. What have you eaten today that is was a healthy carb?
Ex: rice, sweet potatoes, fruit, vegetables, etc.
Day 8: Why aren’t potato chips and cookies healthy snacks?
Potato chips and cookies are bad carbs and have a lot of unhealthy fats and don’t have the vitamins that fruits and vegetables have.
Day 9: What is an example of a healthy snack?
Vegetables (baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery with almond butter, etc.), fruit (oranges, apples, grapes, etc.), etc. Challenge kids to take one of the items mentioned to school with them the next day as their snack.
Day 10: What three things do we want at every meal?
Protein, good carbs, and good fats! Review what each of those are.
Day 11: What would a healthy breakfast look like?
Protein, carbs, and fat. Ex: eggs and oatmeal, yogurt with granola, omelette, scrambled eggs with vegetables, etc.
Day 12: What would a healthy lunch look like?
Protein, carbs, and fat. Ex: chicken and vegetables and sweet potato, a sandwich with meat and a lot of vegetable, etc.
Day 13: What is the best meal to skip?
NONE! Our bodies need breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep us strong, happy, and healthy!
Day 14: What is your favorite vegetable?
Have them ask their parents to cook/prepare/pack that vegetable for them this week.
Day 15: What is your favorite healthy treat?
Talk with your kids about how sugar can make us feel, and the difference between a healthy treat (bananas with peanut butter, berries with cream, apples with cinnamon and almond butter, fruit smoothies and pops, etc.) and a junk treat (ice cream, doughnuts, cake, etc.).
Week 6: Fitness and Movements
Day 1: What is your favorite game that we play in class?
Day 2: What is your favorite movement (squat, deadlift, situp, etc.)?
Day 3: What movement do you dislike the most?
Talk with your kids about how this is showing their weakness. That’s why we don’t like it. Have a discussion about working on weaknesses, instead of just focusing on strengths.
Day 4: Why is it important to workout? How do you feel after you workout?
Day 5: What is your favorite movement that we practiced this week?
These are just a few examples of the many different questions you can use in kids classes. In the end, we’re just trying to keep it fun for kids and make it a little easier for parents to get their kids to eat healthier.