the Body Engine*
CONCEPT: Growing up with PKU
Read a story about a car that runs out of gas. The children learn that people need fuel to run, just like cars need fuel to run (but a different kind of fuel). Discuss the types of foods that are the best fuel for people with PKU.
After completing this activity, children will be able to:
- identify at least one reason why we need food
- list the two best kinds of foods for them
- Read the story The Body Engine.
- Discuss the story with the children, with questions such as:
- Why did the car stop?
- What makes the car go?
- What makes you go?
- Do you need food every day?
- Can you eat just once and have enough fuel for always?
- What kind of food fuel is the best for you? (formula and low-phe foods)
- What kind of food fuel did you have today?
- How do you feel when you don't eat?
- What will happen to your body in you do no eat the right foods?
- Distribute the worksheet and help the children work through it. Discuss the answers.
*This activity is adapted from NET Nutrition Education, Choose Well, Be Well: A Curriculum Guide for Preschool and Kindergarten, California State Deparment of Education, 1982.