The Snack Badge is one of those badges with endless opportunities to have fun. I do not have any earth-shattering activities, crafts or wisdom to share, but I can tell you what I did for this meeting and hopefully take the planning phase out of your schedule.
We also plan to tour Central Market, which is a gourmet grocery store, for our next field trip. They plan on showing the girls some odd fruits in produce, lobsters in the Seafood Dept and breads in the bakery! We get to end the tour with gelato! Can't Wait!
I used the www.ChoosemyPlate.gov website for information and to help guide my troop discussion. I passed out small paper copies of the plate and asked the girls what they observed when looking at the plate. Kids are funny... one girl commented that green seems like a good color to represent vegetables (since most vegetables are green) on the plate and red for fruit (because strawberries and apples are red), brown for grains (because bread is often brown) and she gets why Dairy is blue since the lid to her milk is blue, but why is protein purple? She has never eaten purple meat. Friends, this is why I love leading! I had to laugh, these girls can be so observant.
I had to redirect the conversation because this was not quite the information I was fishing for and finally a girl comments that Vegetables and Fruits are the biggest colors on the plate. YES! So with this observation I asked the girls to give examples of foods in each category. We talked about the "Recommended Daily Plan" for each of these food categories, what constitutes a serving, how to calculate a cup of food and so on. I did not get into a lot of detail. I did not feel this was a big health lesson, just an awareness. They could probably spend an entire month on diet alone in 3rd grade. Besides they could not sit still anticipating the snacks.
I once again set-up the snacks in stations, with a large troop this makes the most sense. Each girl was asked to go to one of 3 tables where I had a parent helper to lead the building of their snack. We talked about how much fun food can be to make and that they are old enough to find foods they can make on their own. The 3 station were good examples of foods they could make themselves.
Station 1: M&M Flowers was a Birthday Snack for one of my Brownies and was a good example of a less healthy alternative for a snack, but a good chance to reinforce that not all snacks need to be healthy all of the time. Birthdays are a great time to celebrate and be less concerned about healthy foods.
m&m Flower Snack
My Plate Handouts