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Food as Fuel

Sid the Science KidHow do you get started talking to your kids about health and nutrition? Well, we’re in luck, because this week, “Sid the Science Kid” is all about the body, kicking things off with a look at digestion (and don’t kids love the slimy stuff?). You can make the exploration of digestion fun (and maybe a little messy) with Sid the Science Kid’s Digestion Investigation activity.

Use this investigation as a way to talk to your kid about how the body needs food for energy, like a car needs gas. If you have pets, you can talk about what they eat and then talk about what’s good for kids to eat. You can also use this as an opportunity to talk about the building blocks of a good diet—vegetables, fruits, grains, protein (meats, beans, nuts), dairy and fats. Ask your child what their favorite fruits and vegetables are. Talk about color and shape—which fruits are orange? Which vegetables are long and skinny? And have fun—if your child could make up any kind of fruit or vegetable, what would it be?

And remember to hold yourself to the same standards that you teach your kids. Leading by example will show them the best foods to be putting in their bodies.

Don’t forget to tune in to “Sid the Science Kid” tomorrow through Friday, when Sid explores not only digestion but also the skeleton, muscles and lungs!

—PBS Parents Team


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