Hello, hello, hello! We are back again to share our week 2 challenge with the American heart association’s Family Healthy Challenge. This week we are talking about SUGAR!
This weekend I grabbed all the drinks in the fridge and put them on the table. Ryley immediately popped out of her room and wanted to know what was going on and why were all the drinks out. I told her to come hang out with me and we would talk about it. (Avery was too busy playing with Legos. And he was quiet. We don’t mess with a quiet turkey.)
I told her to look at the back of each drink and find the word that said “Sugar”. I gave her a piece of paper and told her to write the number once she found it.
It was like a mini math and reading lesson. She loved finding the number and writing them down by the drinks name. While she did that we talked about why we need sugar in drinks and what it does to your body. In kindergarten terms – it’s to make it sweet and if you have too much it can hurt your body. She seemed to understand.
I converted the grams to tablespoons (aka I used this website) and told her to scoop out 12 tablespoons into the glass on the table.
I told her that if she had 6 drinks in one day (which can happen) that would be the amount of sugar she had. She said “that’s a lot of sugar mommy!” And we talked again why it wasn’t the best idea to have that much sugar. I told her to check the “sugar” section the next time she has a drink and she seemed excited about it.
I was happy she was interested in this weeks challenge. It wasn’t as hands on as the grocery store scavenger hunt but was still fun.
Next weeks challenge is My Taste is Why: Reducing your sodium intake. I’m going to have to think of a game or lesson we can do for that one. Maybe something similar to this week.
Be sure to join the AHA’s event page to follow along!