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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Ella Fitzgerald: Learn to Improvise!, 10:00am

All ages

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist during the Harlem Renaissance best known for her unique style of improvisation known as ‘scat’. Experiment with improvisation and record your unique sounds on an iPad to download at home!

 10:00am-4:45pm 

In the Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

Use historic sheet music as your canvas and discover how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo.

10:00am-4:45pm 

Getting Creative with Art: Rangoli Sand Ar , 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Messy with Art: Let’s Make Playdough, 10:00am

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators make playdough from scratch!  Explore texture by using your hands to help mix the ingredients.
 

Leaping Literacy Friday: SCENTsory Jars, 10:45am

4 & younger

What’s that smell?! Did you know that scent memories are stored in our brains? Join us as we test our nose and brain by smelling various mystery items!
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix colors together on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

Getting Creative with Art: Diwali Rangoli (Sandart), 12:00pm

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Getting Creative with Art: Rangoli Sand Ar , 1:00pm

4 & younger

Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!  
 

Exploring Science: Ice Age - Excavating Fossils, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Become a petit paleontologist to help us excavate and dig through ice to find dinosaur “fossils!” 

Ice Age: Excavating Fossils, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Become a petit paleontologist and study dinosaur bones that have been frozen!  Join us as we excavate and dig through ice to discover dinosaur “fossils!”
 

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them. 

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

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