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‘Join the Fruit & Vegetable Party’™ Activity Book

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Original Edition (2000): Yummy Designs® Revised Edition (2012): Neat Solutions for Healthy Children
Producer:Original Edition (2000): Yummy Designs® Revised Edition (2012): Neat Solutions for Healthy Children
Date Produced:2000; Revised 2012
  • Booklet
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
Description:A must-have resource for any Pre-K or grade school nutrition education curriculum. This innovative book has hundreds of creative teaching and participatory ideas for teachers, staff, health professionals and paraprofessionals, nutritionists or parents, all together in this one book! The emphasis is on ‘Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters’, as well as ‘Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables’, all correlated with the MyPlate Guidelines. The book presents a wide variety of practical, easy, and fun activities to teach the importance of Fruits and Vegetables and the MyPlate messages. Features 16 easy-to-use lesson plans; also contains Fruit and Vegetable jokes, riddles, and recipes, as well as fun songs and games. In addition, the book includes instructions for making several simple types of puppets, along with a complete puppet or show script, and 20 reproducible Coloring/Activity Pages. These activities are appropriate for Pre-K, grade school, and middle school children, in school, preschool, afterschool, clinic, hospital, community or home settings. Even some adult (ESL, low-literacy) and senior groups will learn from and enjoy these activities. (Spiral-Bound, soft-cover booklet; 64 pages)
Cost:$19.98 (includes Free Shipping)
Ordering Info:customerservice@neatsolutions.com or neatsolutions.com
Web Site:neatsolutions.com
Comments:Book is listed on the 2013 List of USDA Gov. Resource SNAP-Ed Connection: snap.nal.usda.gov/foodstamps/resource_finder_search_results.php (Record # 176)


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Clearly states MyPlate.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Target audience is over age 2, and to be used by healthcare professionals.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Nicely organized!
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Clearly stated on page 3.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

Includes an excellent variety of lesson ideas.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes three or four of the above.

Integrates classroom, food service, community events, athletic and other potential partners.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Simple recipe suggestions are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with some suggestions for enhancing the teaching process.

Easy to understand drawings, pages to color, and other materials.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

Credits shown are appropriate for this packet.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

Since this is a variety of resources, a summary is not included or needed for this packet.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material reflects, but does not emphasize, a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Ethnic fruits & vegetables are included in the Fruit & Vegetable Alphabet.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.

Easy to understand.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.

Appropriate vocabulary and easy to understand.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.

Cute and interesting illustrations are included. The drawings of friendly-looking fruits & vegetables are included.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.

Cover is in color, inside pages in black & white which is appropriate for this packet.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight used is heavy enough so that print from one side cannot be seen on the other side. Text is written in a font size that is easy to read, and the main body is not written in capital letters.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Assessment method not provided and I wonder if it would be useful for this type of resource packet.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This resource is easy to follow and includes numerous lesson ideas.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Evaluation or assessment components may be useful for this product.
C. General Comments
Well organized and easy to understand for both children and educators. Material is appropriate for the target audience. This resource would be useful for educators.
D. Overall Summary
Appropriate packet that would be useful for health educators. A variety of materials are included.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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