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Nutrition Puppets Deluxe Set

Image courtesy of:
J&B Products, Inc.
Producer:J&B Products, Inc.
Date Produced:Copyright 2004, revised 2011
  • Fact Sheet
  • Fleece Puppets
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Child Care Providers
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
Description:Great for use in early childhood and elementary classrooms, as well as WIC and Head Start programs! Teach children the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and show them the delicious fruit and vegetable rainbow with Gertie Grape, Patty Pea Pod, Barry Banana, Curly Carrot and Tommy Tomato. Use Wendy Wheatbread, Billy Broccoli, Ollie Orange, Mindy Milk and Polly Peanut to help you explain their healthy food group stories. Set also includes instructions and ideas for using puppets, along with 26 pages of reproducible coloring, word search and MyPlate handouts along with general nutrition information. The Nutrition Puppets and literature meet the National Family and Consumer Science Education Standards, National Health Standards, and National Science Education Content Standards.

Made of soft polar fleece fabric and are large enough for adult hands. Puppets are made in China and come in a sturdy box.

Ordering Info:Nasco, 800-558-9595, www.enasco.com and ask for Part #WA23549H, or Sax, 800-558-6696, www.saxfcs.com and ask for Part #715-406424
Web Site:www.JandBProducts.com


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

The written materials provide background for the user on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Some of the concepts would be challenging for the broad target range, but overall the materials and puppets would be well-received.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

The material is organized and clear.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

The written materials include teacher background information and handouts for children at two different levels.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

Suggestions are provided about how to use the puppets and worksheets and objectives can be inferred from the written description; however, specific learning goals and objectives are not listed.
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.

The materials include puppet characters from the various food groups, with a variety of fruits and vegetables plus a representative "character" from the protein group, dairy group and grain group. Children will enjoy the friendly-faced puppets made of soft fabric with embroidered facial features. The puppets, therefore, do not pose a choking hazard for young children. A teacher with some experience will be able to use the puppets and worksheets to engage the children in learning about nutrition.
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.

This teaching material includes instructional aids, outlines of information as background for the teacher and references the MyPlate website for gathering more information.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with some suggestions for enhancing the teaching process.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

This material references the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate but does not include published research references.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

Short summaries of current guidelines are provided along with suggestions for teaching about nutrition using the puppets.

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.

The written materials review the Dietary Guidelines recommendations for specific population groups.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Material is easy to read but does not personally involve the reader. Limited use of negative wording (e.g., “Don't eat”). Active voice is used most of the time.

The written materials primarily are drawn from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
C. Vocabulary
Most words used are appropriate for intended audience. Some unidentified technical terms are used.

Some of the vocabulary might need further explanation if this material were used with teachers without extensive nutrition background.
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 attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.

The written materials are "originals" with black ink, so the children can color the pages.
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 or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

The materials are at the appropriate level for instructors and children.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
These attractive puppets and written materials will engage children in learning about nutrition. The material is current and based on MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The materials are written in a straightforward manner.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Objectives, talking points for the instructors and some type of evaluation would be helpful for people using the materials. However, background information was provided to guide the user.
C. General Comments
These materials would be very useful in working with preschool and early elementary students. Although the materials include references to older students, the puppets would be more applicable to younger audience.
D. Overall Summary
The puppets and worksheets included with these teaching materials are attractive and of good quality. Children will enjoy the coloring sheets and activities. Materials written in the style of traditional "lesson plans" with some type of evaluation would have enhanced the teaching materials.

Reviewer Rating
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