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5 Healthy Lunch Snacks for Kindergarten

Healthy lunch goes a long way in keeping children healthy and active. It is important to pack a healthy lunch box which should include fruit, vegetables, and a mix of protein, carbohydrate, and dairy products. When children eat healthy food, they are able to concentrate and learn better. Help your child understand the importance of healthy eating by making a list of foods that they might enjoy. Kindergarten Capalaba emphasises the importance of healthy eating and health lifestyle choices.

You may include the following foods for the lunch box:

1. Fruit:

It’s vital to include at least one fruit option in your child’s lunch box every day, dried fruit can sometimes be a good option. You can also opt for canned fruit but ensure you choose those with no added sugar.

2. Vegetables:

Do not forget to include vegetables as they are another healthy option for kids at day care Capalaba. If you make a ham and cheese sandwich, consider adding lettuce and carrot or cucumber and sprouts as an added source of nutrition.

3. Milk and Yoghurt:

In order to avoid boredom, include fruit yogurts in the lunch box. Try to avoid flavoured milk or dairy desserts as they are quite high in sugar.

4. Variety of bread:

Opt for rye or seeded loafs for bread. If your child begins disliking sandwiches, they might like to try pita bread, flatbread, bread rolls, rice cakes, bagels, or any other alternative. Child care centre Capalaba encourages kids to eat healthy by discouraging unhealthy eating options.

5. Homemade biscuits:

If you are a baker, a fun little treat can be homemade healthy nut cookies or banana bread.

Conclusion:

At child care Capalaba we encourage healthy lifestyle choices, which of course includes eating healthily and getting exercise. We hope the above tips can help you to encourage healthy eating in your children.

The Importance of Teaching Children about Nature

Children love to learn, especially from young ages. It’s important to take the time with your children to teach them lots of different worldly things which of course includes nature, animals and all things earth. Ensuring they are aware of the beauties of nature from a young age allows them to be more in tune with the environment and healthy living lifestyles as they mature and grow up. At Eskay Kids Capalaba we impress upon our children the importance of being kind to nature and practicing environmentally friendly routines. Not to mention, we are mud play enthusiasts, because getting amongst the earth is the best way to form a healthy relationship with it.

 

Getting Outside:

Getting out into nature is perhaps the easiest way to encourage outside play and the more outside play, the more they learn about the outside world. So, get outside with your kids and show them around. Teach them all you know about trees, flowers, animals, insects and the world as we know it. If you assist you join your children outside and play with them it can really assist them in getting comfortable with the great outdoors and therefore wanting to learn more.

Nature Books:
Another great way to educate your children about nature is by reading books about nature, the environment, animals etc. Children love to read and they especially love educational stories. While fun, happy and funny books are also important, mixing it up with some environmental books is always good too.

Healthy Quizzing:

Sometimes some healthy quizzing can be really helpful for children to retain information. For example, “what kind of bird is that”, “what’s the name of that tree”, “is that a pigeon or a cockatoo?” Simple questions about animals and nature can really assist in their overall level of general knowledge which is extremely important.

 

Getting the foundations of general knowledge can really start with simple nature facts. Learning about animals and the earth we live on is such an important thing for children to be made aware of. Technology and the internet is all very important, but outside play should always come first.

Keeping Your Family Healthy During The Winter Season

Winter means sick children, sick days and time off work. Common colds and the flu does happen, but you can lessen the blow if you take some measures to keep the family healthy.

Vaccinations
Nobody likes needles but they’re an excellent preventative measure. One jab and the family is set to battle winter nasties.

If the kids are little, make sure you make the process as comfortable as possible for them. It’s possible they’ll throw a tantrum mostly because they’re scared. Treat them one way or another after the appointment.

Blow your nose!
You can’t be there all the time to help your child blow their nose. Make sure you teach them to hold that tissue and blow! Put a travel pack of tissues in their bag, along with some disinfecting gel. Both are lifesavers for kids and the carers.

These are a lifesaver 

Drink plenty of fluids
People are surprised to learn they get dehydrated just as easily in winter as they do in summer.

Now, your kids might use that melted ice cream and hot chocolate are liquids. But they’re only good as the occasional treat. The best way to keep hydrated is to take in plenty of water (4 – 6 glasses) and natural squeezed orange juice with pulp.

 

Nutritious food
Bodies are temples, as the saying goes, and you’re never too young or too old to treat it properly. Unprocessed foods are high in nutrients, so make sure you find a way to pack in the veggies where you can! A common method is using zucchini and carrot in bolognese instead of meat, or at least have half meat half veggies.

If you don’t have a slow cooker yet, invest in one for the fam. Busy parents can cook meals overnight or during the day. Drop the ingredients in, set and forget. 8 hours later, you have a beautifully cooked casserole!

Savoury toast
Get those wholefoods in there

Wash your hands
Another preventative measure. You would be teaching your kids to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating and after playing outside. Washing your hands kills germs and bacteria that would normally spread rapidly, especially during cold and flu season.

 

Rug up
Queensland’s winters balance between mild and really cold. Children at Eskay spent most of the day outdoors and they need layers to stay warm in the winter chill. Underlayers, like thermals and socks, are a good place to start. You can get good quality products from Uniqlo.

 

Sleep
When you’re overtired, running around and have a busy schedule you’re more vulnerable to catching a cold. Kids are geniuses when it comes to avoiding bedtime, but a story and avoiding screens for at least an hour will help calm them down.

 

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