CONCEPT: General Nutrition
Children enjoy a puppet show and learn about vitamin A.
After completing this activity, children will be able to:
- state that vitamin A is essential for health
- name three good sources of vitamin A
- verbalize the need for their formula, to provide a reliable source of vitamin A
Explain to the children, "Today we are going to learn about vitamin A."
Choose two volunteers to perform the puppet show called, "A Day With Vitamin A." Give them each a puppet (Colleen Carrot and Bobby Broccoli) and a copy of the puppet show script.
After the puppet show, lead a discussion about the puppet show and vitamin A facts. Use the food models or pictures of foods high in vitamin A and the Vitamin A Fact Sheet.
What's Inside the Bag?
Let each child look inside the paper bag to test his/her vision in dim light.
Lead a discussion , asking them questions such as:
- What did you see in the bag?
- Was it dark in the bag?
- What helped you see in the dark?
- Where do we get vitamin A?
- What foods have vitamin A in them?
- Can we get vitamin A from anything besides fruits and vegetables? ( Yes, our formula!!) Stress the importance of their formula as the best source of vitamin A, as well as many other nutrients.
Distribute the activity sheet to the children.
- Puppets--Colleen Carrot and Bobby Broccoli (cut out the carrot and broccoli, enlarge them if desired, and brightly color them)
- Puppet show stage
- Puppet show script: "A Day With Vitamin A"
- Food models or pictures of foods high in vitamin A
- Vitamin A Fact Sheet
- Paper bag with pictures of foods high in vitamin A taped inside. Tape the top closed, but leave an opening just large enough to look inside the bag, but not let a lot of light inside.
- Activity Sheet: Vitamin A Crossword Puzzle
(Answers: beginning at the top = broccoli, collards, spinach, turnip greens, carrot, kale, apricots, squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe [going down])
Provide fruits and vegetables that are good sources of vitamin A at meals and snacks (refer to the Vitamin A Fact Sheet for ideas).
* Adapted from the Connecticut Nutrition Education and Training Program, University of Connecticut and State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs, 1984.