Regie’s Rainbow Adventure ®

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Regie's Rainbow Adventure is an 8-week healthy nutrition curriculum for early childhood learners. It is specifically designed for teachers to implement in the classroom providing activities that reinforce oral health, literacy, language development, mathematic skills, scientific understanding, creative arts, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, and physical health and development through the series of eight interactive books.
 

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Regie needs a new costume: When students and teachers take part in this magical adventure they welcome Regie and friends into their classrooms, their homes and their hearts. Everyone gets excited when Regie shows up in costume to visit. Children want to see Regie fly, touch his hair, squeeze his muscles and ask for hugs. They know Regie is make-believe but they also feel he is a real friend. We want to bring Regie to life and complement our quality programming by creating a mascot costume that looks just like our beloved character.  All funds we currently receive go directly to providing services for our young students so the NKFM needs your help to make this happen. Click the button on the right if you'd like to donate. THANK YOU!

Students follow Regie, the broccoli superhero, to different islands based on the colors of the rainbow. He meets new fruit and vegetable friends and earns his power stripes by eating healthy and being physically active. Each week children will travel with Regie to a new island, read a new story, try a new fruit or vegetable and bring healthy information home to their parents.
 

Why Choose Regie's Rainbow Adventure for Your Classroom?:


85 percent of parents reported an increase in their children’s fruit consumption.
 


Parents reported a significant decrease in children’s TV time and time playing video games.
 


Parents reported a significant increase in the hours their children were physically active.
 


78 percent of parents reported an increase in their children’s veggie consumption.
 

Supports all early learning domains, including literacy, social-emotional development, and scientific understanding.
 

Aligned with a number of curriculum offerings and quality standards, including NAEYC requirements and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
 

Successfully implemented by more than 600 diverse partners, including local Head Starts, daycares, preschools, and libraries.

 

Success Stories

”My son learned to eat a lot of healthy fruits and vegetables in a fun way. He likes to collect recipes and learned to know the vegetables and see them as something good.” -Parent

”I’m happy to see health brought to kids in a fun and easy way!” -Teacher

"It is delightful to see the children eat vegetables at lunch time now.  They talk about Regie all the time and are more willing to taste new foods as a result of going on the adventures each week.  It's a great program and we are so thankful that we have been able to take part in it."  –Site Leader

"We loved having Regie Rainbow in our class this year!   Just got done with parent conferences and parents were telling us how much they loved it too.  We are still talking about healthy eating in the classroom, hopefully we can make a lifelong impact on healthy eating with these children." -Teacher
 


 

To learn more about this program, please contact:
[email protected]
(313) 259-1574

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, your early care and education center received nutrition and physical education lessons through the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® program, delivered by your child(ren)’s classroom teachers in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM). NKFM staff are committed to connecting your family with activities and resources through virtual learning during these uncertain times. Each week, for the next eight weeks, the NKFM will post activities here that you can do with your child(ren). Look below for each week’s enrichment activities and materials. Each week will contain

  1. A calendar overview of the lesson activities to help you plan your week
  2. Activities with prompts for you to share information and ask questions with your child(ren) from the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® curriculum.
  3. Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® book read aloud videos
  4. Moving with Regie physical activities
  5. Healthy Recipes

Before you begin, ask your child(ren) the following questions:

  1. What does healthy mean?
  2. What is your favorite fruit?
  3. What is your favorite vegetable?

Each activity will help answer these questions through fun conversations, videos, and recipes you can make at home. Over the next eight weeks you will talk about fruits and vegetables from all colors of the rainbow, discuss oral health practices and complete fun physical activities as part of our virtual Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® enrichment activities.

We hope you find these activities fun and educational. Please send any feedback or requests to: [email protected].

 

Week One: The Island of Red

This week your child(ren) will learn about red fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, and physical activity! Each page in this document contains information for you to share with your child(ren), videos for your child(ren) to watch, and activities for them to complete. All activities are from the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® curriculum.

Overview:

Click on the link below to go directly to this week’s enrichment activities.

Week 1 Enrichment Activity

 

Week Two – The Island of Orange

This week your child(ren) will learn about orange fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, and physical activity! Each page in this document contains information for you to share with your child(ren), videos for your child(ren) to watch, and activities for them to complete. All activities are from the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® curriculum.

Overview:

Week 2 Enrichment Activity

 

Week Three - The Island of Yellow

This week your child(ren) will learn about yellow fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, and physical activity! Each page in this document contains information for you to share with your child(ren), videos for your child(ren) to watch, and activities for them to complete. All activities are from the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® curriculum.

Overview:

Week 3 Enrichment Activity

 

Week 4 - The Island of Green

This week your child(ren) will learn about green fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, and physical activity! Each page in this document contains information for you to share with your child(ren), videos for your child(ren) to watch, and activities for them to complete. All activities are from the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure® curriculum.

Overview:

Week 4 Enrichment Activity

 

Detroit PBS Kids: https://www.dptv.org/kids/

Local resources for parents: http://www.greatstartmacomb.org/

Local resources for parents: https://www.greatstartwayne.org/

Resources for parents, family activities: https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Creative activities to do with children (English and Spanish): http://www.beactivekids.org/resources/handouts

Food Safety Coloring Book: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/shared/PDF/Mobile_Coloring_Book.pdf

SNAP-Ed: Resources for assistance with benefits, eligibility, and purchasing items. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program

SNAP-Ed: Helping you and your family eat well all month long https://eatwellinasnap.org/

Meals 4 Kids: Assistance in finding meals available near you while schools are closed. https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids

Kids Activity Sheets: Coloring activities and puzzles for children of all ages. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/browse-by-audience/view-all-audiences/chil...

Physical Activity: Teach children the importance physical activity using websites and games. https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/audience/children/kids-corner

Recipeshttps://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplatekitchen

50 Things to do with a milk jug- Español

50 Things to do with a milk jug

101 Things to do with a stick- Español

101 Things to do with a stick

Active at home scavenger hunt

Cooking matters at home activities

Detroit parks coloring book

Nature-based bingo

Recipe for an active day

Regie's coloring pages

 

Our new Regie’s Rainbow Adventure book is available for purchase! Thank you to the team of awesome individuals who helped create this book, which details the history and importance of Regie being a part of the Early Childhood Development setting. You'll get an insider's view of how Regie was created, learn about the serious health issues in early childhood, and hear from the creative people who continue to develop Regie's story, his image and classroom activities. You'll also visit a classroom with the team and see how the Regie program interacts with these young children. It's an exciting adventure and this unique book provides lots of ideas readers can use to consider bringing such a program to their communities. Click here to see.

 


Please feel free to use these resources with your own children or in your classroom but the materials can not be sold or changed. © National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 2014. All rights reserved.

 

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan staff is available to provide a training for your early childhood staff to learn how to implement this program in their classroom. The program has been implemented in child care facilities including head starts, preschools, daycares, libraries, and public school classrooms.

To learn more about this program, please contact:
[email protected]
(313) 259-1574

How You Can Get Involved:

Teachers

  • Join the US Healthier School Challenge or Team Nutrition.
  • Encourage more physical activity during the school day, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Talk to the children about healthy eating and why it is important for their bodies.
  • Start a school garden in which kids, parents, teachers, and community members can participate.
  • Set a good example for the children by eating healthier and being more active.

Parents

  • Encourage your children to make healthier food choices. At every meal, half of a one’s plate should contain fruits and vegetables.
  • Set limits on your child’s “screen time” and encourage more physical activity.
  • Start a school health team at your local school or with the PTA group.
  • Encourage your children to get involved in planning healthy meals by having them go shopping and cook with you.
  • Set a good example for the children by eating healthier and being more active.