Sharing Fun Food Facts

I love to arm my kids with information about things, especially food. I think it's important for kids to know that we don't just eat for taste - food is to nourish our bodies to help us stay healthy and strong.

I remember the first time I taught about food in my Kinder program. I was amazed at the level of interest and just how much ownership the kids took of what went into their bodies after they knew how food effected it's functioning.

I thought I'd share some of the food facts I continually talk about with my kids. I really find it helps to get them to eat good, nourishing food:

  • Meat has protein in it that builds up strong muscles.
  • Bread, crackers and cereals have grains that give you energy and keep your poo healthy.
  • Milk, cheese and yoghurt have calcium that is good for your teeth and bones.
  • Fruit and vegetables have vitamins and minerals that keep your eyes and hair and skin healthy and also help your body to fight germs that can make you sick.
  • Water is good for your kidneys and keeps your wee healthy.
  • Too much sugar is bad for your teeth and puts you in a bad mood.
  • Too much salt is bad for your blood and makes you really thirsty.
  • Too much fat is bad for your heart.
Food is quite a complicated topic and some of these 'facts' probably over-simplify things. But you have to give kids a starting point and I've found these small pieces of information along with a bit of basic knowledge about how the body functions really help to get the kids eating well.

Do you have any tricks to get your kids to eat well or fun food facts you like to share in your house?


  1. Thanks Belinda. I tell my almost 4 year old that we eat to grow big and strong. But I can never remember what foods provide what nutrition (vitamins etc).Saying it in a way that young children understand and relate to is great.

  2. Thanks, I hope these ideas helped