What have you fed your ‘chickins’ today?

There’s no doubt about it, reward charts work with kids and quite frankly, if they’re willing to play ball for a gold star then I’m all for it!

Leslie Smith-Grant took the idea of the standard reward chart one step further and developed the Chickin Feed Nutrition Tracking Board, a simple but clever way to keep track of what her family was eating. Using the ‘food pyramid’, the board shows the number of servings of each food group per day included in a healthy and nutritious diet, all in an easy-to-understand and engaging format.

I like the fact that Smith-Grant has included treats – it’s realistic and sensible to teach children that everything is okay in moderation. I also like that exercise has been included as part of a healthy day – although most kids exercise without even knowing they’re doing it (such as playing at the park), it serves as a good reminder.

The board is like a game for children – hey, if my kids want to compete to fill those ‘vegetable’ squares I won’t stand in their way.

Chickin Feed Nutrition Tracking Boards are available in a variety of colours and cost US$30. Chickin Feed ship to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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