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



  1. Read the story The Body Engine.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.



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