CONCEPT: PKU Diet - Menu Planning
Read a story about a mouse who is allergice to green foods. He learns to find "yes" foods at a dinner full of "no" foods. Children learn to pick out the appropriate low-phe foods at special meals.
After completing this activity, children will be able to:
- identify "yes" and "no" foods
- understand that they may be offered foods at holiday meals that they cannot eat, but that there are usually "yes" foods available too
- Read the story Theodore's Christmas Dinner.
- Discuss the story with the children, with questions such as:
- What foods could Theodore not eat?
- What happened when he ate green foods?
- What foods are you not supposed to eat?
- What happens when you eat high phe "no" foods?
- Do your parents make sure there is always something you can eat at holiday meals?
- What are your favorite foods to eat at holiday meals?
- How do you know which foods you can eat? ( ask parents)
- For older kids, you might also discuss:
- Why do you think Theodore saw only the foods he couldn't have?
- Do you think you might do the same thing?
- How will you know what food you can eat at holiday meals?
- What might you eat?
- Theodore's Christmas Dinner story
- Yes Foods Activity Sheet
- Theodore Mouse Coloring Sheet
- Maze Activity Sheet (optional, for older children)
- Encourage your child to help in meal planning--especially during the holiday season.
- Help your child to identify "yes" foods during special occasion meals and at restaurants.