The Forest Feast

‘Forest Feast’ Pizza Box Flannel Board

Nonna Joann • January 12th, 2010 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

Pizza Box Flannel Board

The Pizza Box Flannel Board idea came from my sister, Linda. She has been teaching preschool for over 20 years. Linda uses the Pizza Box Flannel Board for center time. Center time is when the children choose an activity do to alone at a table. In addition, The Forest Feast flannel pieces may also be [...]

7 Fun Whole Food Activities

Nonna Joann • January 5th, 2010 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

Getting your kids to eat their veggies doesn’t have to be to be a battle! My new children’s storybook, The Forest Feast: Baby Bites Mealtime Adventures, integrates fun with whole foods. The Forest Feast is designed to help develop healthy eating habits in children. It’s a must-have for any picky eater.
Best friends, Betty Baby Bites®, a [...]

Decade of Blessings

Nonna Joann • December 26th, 2009 • Nonna's Relations

I can’t believe the first decade of the millennium is almost over! So much has happened in the last ten years (for me, most in the last half of the decade). I “retired” in April of 2004 from my job at a local TV station. My retirement lasted about 6 months, when I began writing [...]

Teacher’s 3-Day Nutrition Lesson Plan

Nonna Joann • December 1st, 2009 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

3-Day Nutrition Lesson Plan

1) Photocopy Try Rannosaurus®. Use a PDF image by clicking on the image to the left. Print in landscape mode. You will get an 8″ X 11″ image. Back Try’s image with cardboard or card stock. Cut a hole in Try’s mouth. Tape a one gallon plastic bag to the back of Try’s head so it opens to [...]

Give the Gift of Health

Nonna Joann • November 25th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

This holiday season, give the gift of health to a child you love. The Forest Feast: Baby Bites Mealtime Adventures is a delightful storybook with a yummy whole foods message. Best friends Betty Baby BitesTM, a tiny Italian mouse and Try Rannosaurus®, a gigantic T-Rex, eat their way through a prehistoric forest. These lovable buddies [...]

Fun with Whole Foods

Nonna Joann • November 24th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

7 Whole Food Activities Using The Forest Feast
The Forest Feast is a whole foods storybook. The characters, Try Rannosaurus® and Betty Baby BitesTM, love to eat whole foods, especially veggies. Naturally, reading the story again and again will reinforce this concept.
Your child doesn’t have to be a “picky eater” to benefit from The Forest Feast. Children are constantly bombarded [...]

Read ‘The Forest Feast’ Aloud

Nonna Joann • November 18th, 2009 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

The Forest Feast storybook is designed to help develop healthy eating habits in children.
Following are directions for reading the book to a group of children.
Read Aloud
Show the children the front cover of the book. Make sure to hold the book in front you in such a way that the children can easily see the pictures. [...]

Thanksgiving Traditions vs. Thanking God

Nonna Joann • November 17th, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. Yes, commercialization has taken over every holiday, even Thanksgiving. Although I find it’s easier to focus on the meaning of Thanksgiving, because it’s held onto some of its roots. To begin with, it’s traditionally celebrated at home with family and friends.
There are no gifts, baskets of colored eggs, carved pumpkins [...]

Want Kids to Eat More Veggies?

Nonna Joann • October 27th, 2009 • Food Battles No More

Don’t Count on Help from Professionals
I like to read the new studies about health, especially when they focus on children. Several new studies on children’s eating habits were presented at the recent Obesity Society meeting. What surprises me most is that they really don’t offer any new insight or suggestions.
What Exactly Did the Researchers Find?
Children from 4 [...]

Healthy Bites Lesson Plans

Nonna Joann • October 25th, 2009 • 'The Forest Feast' Teaching Helps

Are you a preschool teacher?
Early elementary school teacher?
Do you home-school?
Are you a children’s librarian?
You’ll want to check back for Healthy Bites Lesson Plans and Activities for The Forest Feast storybook.
1. Read Aloud Story Helps and Questions
2. Teacher 3-day Plan (Focusing on the Food Pyramid
3. Food on a Plate
4. Healthy Food or Junk Food?
5. A [...]