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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.
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

The target audience was for all age groups. Lots of detailed information for young children, but not much detailed information for adults. Might suggest including a learning curriculum section for adults or breaking it up into two different booklets. One for children and one for adults.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

In Section 1 there were a lot of great ideas for how to incorporate eating fruits and vegetables for different activities. There sometimes tended to be some redundancy. This activity book was developed in the late 1990’s. Some of it is a bit outdated. For instance, in Section 1 many companies and organizations currently use social media to convey their messages.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes reader has considerable background information.

In Section 2 it would have been helpful to know about how much time each activity took and the target age. If it was to target all children, an adaptation section for each age group would be helpful. An educator could read between the lines when it asked to discuss a concept. But it might be a challenge to convey the messages if it were a parent who does not have the background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.
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.
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.

An evaluation component was not identified.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources

It would have been helpful to have included more websites for reference. More visuals would have also been helpful. For example, pictures and how-to instructions on how to make Fruit and Veggie puppets and costumes.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
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.
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.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are adequate but do not stimulate interest.

Suggest adding more open space and visual illustrations.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text 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 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Offered great ideas for students to learn in the classroom and in other settings.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
There was a small amount of information for educators to teach to adults. It might have been better to offer an activity books for children and adults. The lessons lacked detail for persons who might not be familiar with nutrition education. To provide a CD to go with it for handouts.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
Overall there was a lot of great ideas and learning activities to provide for children.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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