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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Schedule of Programs

Messy with Art: Wet Marker Art, 10:00am

4 & younger

Love drawing with markers?  What do you think happens when you dip the marker in water?
 

Jam Band, 10:30am

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session.

Leaping Literacy Friday: Camp Out Creations, 10:45am

4 & younger

Create a mural of a campsite with fuzzy felt. Add to the mural and create stories about the animals who live in the great outdoors!    
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

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

Getting Creative with Art: Crabby Collages, 12:15pm

4 & younger

Get ready for a deep sea adventure! Explore the colors and shapes of crabs and create your own sea life-inspired collage.
 

Sing and Sign, 12:30pm

5 & younger

Move your body and use your hands to sing your favorite songs!

Math Wizards: Animal Sounds and Movement, 12:30pm

5 & younger

How often does a cricket chirp? How far can a kangaroo jump? How long does a bird fly? Join us as we discover early math skills by exploring the animal kingdom!

Leaping Literacy Friday: Puppet Play , 1:30pm

5 & younger

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

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop , 2:00pm

6 & older

Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop , 3:00pm

6 & older

Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

Construction Site Play, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Become a construction worker and help us dig, pour and build in our mini construction site!
 

Jam Band, 3:30pm

5 & younger

Use tambourines, maracas, bells and rhythm sticks to make beats as CMOM educators lead you in a collaborative and creative jam session.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

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

X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop , 4:00pm

6 & older

Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

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