EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum

EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum

EatPlayGrow™ is a new early childhood health curriculum developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) adapted the We Can!® obesity prevention program (originally for ages 8-13) creating EatPlayGrow™ to teach children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. This curriculum combines the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM’s holistic arts and literacy-based pedagogy to engage families and adults who work with young children with creative programs and consistent health messages in informal and formal learning environments.

The entire curriculum has been reviewed by HHS scientific experts to ensure that the information is scientifically accurate and consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

 

Bring EatPlayGrow™ to your community!

The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities, essential facts and simple strategies that make healthy choices fun and easy to include in daily routines—at home, at school or in the community. Each educational lesson is aligned with the appropriate National Pre-K Health Performance Standards and addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity and sleep.

Designed for use by families, educators, home-based childcare providers, community organizers, health advocates, librarians and others who work with young children, the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum can be easily adapted into family life and existing programming, or stand alone as its own health unit!

CMOM offers professional development trainings at the museum and a special series of webinars with the NIH starting in January 2014. More information to come soon.

Download the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum and start learning now! Download EatPlayGrow™ »

 

CMOM’s National Outreach Dissemination Partners

As part of its EatSleepPlay health initiative, CMOM has tested the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum with families and caregivers. By leveraging and connecting CMOM’s relationships with the National Head Start Association, Association of Children’s Museums, and Family Place Libraries–in addition to the NIH’s 1,000 We Can!® community partner sites–and as a Let’s Move! Museum partner, the EatSleepPlay™ initiative will be replicated through existing national networks with tremendous reach at the grassroots level in order to improve health and education services in high-need communities.

The following partners will help CMOM disseminate the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum free of charge throughout the country to their constituent organizations:

Contact slim@cmom.org to learn how to join the EatPlayGrow™ a dissemination network.
 

The EatPlayGrow™: curriculum has been developed with the generous support of the Laurie M.Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Goldman Sachs Gives; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; United Way of New York City; Walmart Foundation; Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.

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Calendar

Messy with Art: Cloud Dough, 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore this fluffy dough as you make cloud-like creations that expand and contract!
 

Messy with Art: Sand Paper Drawing, 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore texture while drawing with colorful crayons on rough, bumpy sandpaper!
 

Messy with Art: Textured Mural, 10:00am

4 & younger

Use ordinary household items to create textured artwork!

Leaping Literacy Friday: Puppet Play , 10:45am

4 & younger

Use your imagination to make our puppets come to life! What will their names be? What will their voices sound like?
 

EatPlayGrow™ Wednesdays: I Love My Veggies Sing-A-Long, 10:45am

4 & younger

Sing-a-long with us and get excited about the fabulous rainbow of veggies!

Stack ‘em Up Thursdays: Farmer’s Market Counting, 10:45am

4 & younger

Join us for a shopping trip! Let’s count all the produce in our “Farmer’s Market!”

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

EatPlayGrow™: I Love My Veggies Basket, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Families learn the importance of eating vegetables every day as they explore color, textures, and patterns, and learn new vocabulary.
 

Math Wizards: Winter Sun Catchers, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Catch rays of winter sun to warm up your room!

Getting Creative with Art: Winter Wonderland Sculpture, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Sculpt your own winter wonderland ornament!

CMOM Kamishibai , 2:00pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern, kawaii-inspired stories.

2-2:30pm 

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

3D Mascot Maker, 3:00pm

All ages

In Tokyo, the child-inspired phenomenon of kawaii has influenced corporations and local governments to create their own “too cute” mascots. Create a 3D mascot of your own to represent your family, school or sports team!

3-4:45pm

Bubble Party Tuesdays: Baby Bath Time, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Don’t forget to wash behind their ears! Join us as we give our baby dolls a sweet-smelling bubble bath!
 

Bubble Party Tuesdays: Car Wash, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Suds up those wheels! Join us as we give our toy cars a strong scrub!

Laundry Day!, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Join us as we suds up our baby doll clothes! Don’t forget to hang them up to dry!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

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