Do you have a child who is a picky eater? A child with a disability that relies on visual aids for daily routines, such as meal planning or do you simply want to have a system to help you and your family develop healthy nutrition habits? Well, I have recently had the chance to test and review a wonderful product called The Eating Game, and I am so excited to share it with you!
About The Eating Game: (from the website)
THE EATING GAMETM, based on Canada’s Food Guide, is the ideal starting point for making healthy food choices. With assistance from those who prepare household meals, The Eating GameTM helps you create a plan for what will be eaten throughout every day.
Using pictures and Daily Planning Sheets, you can be ensured of having lots of choice from a wide variety of healthy foods.
No reading ability is required as pictures are matched using a simple system of color coding. And new foods can be added at any time! Included are suggestions for how to use, modify and extend the use of the book/kit to maximize its effectiveness.
While The Eating GameTMwas initially developed to address the nutritional challenges faced by many children with Autism, it is also being used by many others who need support to make healthy food choices: picky eaters, those on selective or restricted diets, adults in group homes or assisted living situations who are striving to be more independent, those with communication challenges who benefit from visual supports, families wanting to develop healthy diets, schools/preschools teaching about good nutrition and those with compulsive eating disorders obsessed with eating.
Today, The Eating GameTM is also being used by Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Nutritionists, Early Interventionists, schools, preschools/daycares, Public Health, and Group Homes.
Regardless of who is using The Eating GameTM, as with efforts to change any behaviors, it is imperative to be consistent and persistent in its daily use. To be most effective might require some modifications to include the use of strategies/reinforcers that are known to ensure optimum success.
I cannot say enough good things about The Eating Game! I love it and I know you will too. I run my own home daycare, and as such, I use the Canada Food Guide to plan my meals and snacks. Also I use it to plan my family meals, because it totally involves my little girls in menu planning. The Eating Game has actually been wonderful for me personally, being Diabetic, as it helps me ensure that I am eating what I should in a day to keep my sugars in normal ranges!
The Eating Game comes with 5 planning sheets to correspond with each age group in the Food Guide (2-3 yr, 4-8 years, 9-13 years, 14-18 female/male and adults over 19), and the four color coded picture card sets (one per food group: veggies/fruit, meats, dairy and grains). All cards and pictures are laminated for durability and use velcro for attaching onto the planning cards! It also comes with a copy of the Canada Food Guide, suggestions for use, and comes all together in a three-ring binder. The picture cards and planning cards are colored codes as such: blue is dairy, green is fruit/veggies, red is meat and yellow is grains! I also love that the pictures include glasses of water, because I know I don't always drink enough water, and this is a great way to keep track of water consumption!
My only con about The Eating Game is that the way the portions are set up on the planning card is different than the provincial regulations I need to follow for my home daycare regarding the meals and snacks I serve. I need to serve 3 of 4 food groups for snacks and 4 of 4 for meals. Therefore, I developed my own planning chart using my scrapbooking materials as a supplement for The Eating Game! Problem solved:)
I love the organization of this kit and I love that I only have to go to one place now to find all I need for meal planning! The Eating Game has significantly improved my organization for meal planning!
My oldest is three is thinks its just wonderful when it is "mommy's meal time" because she can sit with me and pick out the pictures of food we eat and plan our meals together! I have even used it with her little sister (who is only 20 months), and though her attention span does not last longer than a few minutes, its usually long enough to allow her to pick one or two foods! By using The Eating Game and menu planning I know my children are already learning the basics of nutrition and healthy eating. This product is wonderful and I have also used it with the children I watch in my home daycare as they help me plan snacks and lunch meals!
As mentioned in the description above, The Eating Game (Get Awesome Meals Everyday) was developed in 2007 as a resource for those with Autism and with April being Autism Month, I felt that I had to let my readers know of a wonderful product that will enhance the life of children and adults with Autism!
Another great thing about The Eating Game is that it is created, and developed right here in Canada!
I highly recommend this product not only for families dealing with Autism but anyone who is wanting to get their families on the right track nutritionally! I give this product a HUGE thumbs up!
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***Thank you to Jean Nicol for providing me with a complimentary copy of The Eating Game for the purpose of review on this blog***