Daily Prompt: Show and Tell — You have been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.
Well, of course, the topic of the presentation was simply: Eat Well. Play More. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week, I was able to visit Y’s 2nd grade class and share the fun of healthy snacks.
It was good to be back in the classroom for a little bit, even in the same classroom that I once taught my own crew of 2nd graders many years ago. Things have changed a little bit, and yet most things are pretty much the same. It really is like riding a bike, I can slip right back into the Mrs. Z. mode pretty quickly.
We gave each student a paper plate, a plastic knife, a wooden skewer (with explicit directions about the expectations of how to use this tool and a description of the consequences for misuse!), a handful of strawberries and a banana. Done.
Then we proceeded to make a very tall replica of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. The kiddos had fun and they all enjoyed the strawberries and bananas. What an easy, healthy snack with a little fun and imagination mixed in. And come on, food is always more fun when you get to eat it off of a stick!
Interesting, how life changes so quickly. Now, I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but…. last year, for Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I made the exact same snack. Except….. I spent hours gluing red gummy life savers together with layers of white icing sitting on top of an Oreo cookie to send in to Y’s 1st grade class. It’s true. I’m so grossed out by that now, but am happy that we are all making better choices these days.
Biggest Lesson to Learn: It is never too late to start making better choices when it comes to what you put into your mouth and how you spend your time.
And in Dr. Seuss language: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Decide: Eat Well. Play More.