Stop-and-Go Snacks Food Game

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For Parents

This game is appropriate for kids ages 3 to 7. Play it with your child to help him identify healthy snacks. You can play this game with foods in the refrigerator, too.

Vegetables and fruit are "green light" foods. Growing kids need the vitamins and minerals in fresh fruits and vegetables. Plus, the fiber in fruits and vegetables satisfies kids' hunger.

Bagels and muffins are "yellow light" foods. These foods can have added sugar, and it's easy for kids to eat too much of them.

Cake and ice cream are "red light" foods. Red light foods have a lot of sugar, unhealthy fat, or calories, and little nutrition.

You could use sticky notes (like Post-its) or colored-dot stickers for your traffic lights instead of colored paper and tape. If your child is color blind, you can use smiley faces for green and frowning faces for red.

Keep practicing with your child about red, yellow, and green light foods by playing the Red Plate, Green Plate game in My Food Story.

What's the FIT Connection?

Teaching your child about nutrition and healthy ways to eat is part of raising FIT kids.

Snacking isn't necessarily a bad thing. Snacking on nutritious food keeps kids' energy levels up and helps to curb hunger so kids aren't as tempted to overeat at meal time. Stocking your home with quick, simple foods that also provide nutrients makes it much easier for kids to choose healthy snacks.

Parents that make healthy eating a priority help their kids stay within a healthy weight range. Kids at healthy weights have fewer obstacles to exercising and less risk of depression (as well as other chronic health conditions) than kids who are overweight.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD, FAAP on October 28, 2014
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