Feeding Your 4-Year Old -

Feeding Your 4-Year Old

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MN WIC Program

  1. Feeding Your One Year Old
  2. Feeding Your 1 ½-Year Old
  3. Feeding Your 2-Year Old
  4. Feeding Your 3-Year Old
  5. Feeding Your 4--Year Old
  6. Beverages
  7. How Do I Get My Child to Eat?
  8. MyPlate for Children
  9. Healthy Weight
  10. Helping Your Child Grow
  11. Get Moving - Activity for 1 to 2-Year Olds
  12. Keep Moving - Activity for 3 to 5-Year-Olds

Four-year-olds are curious and ready to learn! Children enjoy learning about new foods by growing, preparing and talking about them. Let your child help you with food shopping and preparation. Teach your child where foods come from and how foods are grown.

Help your child learn healthy, life-long habits:

  • Give healthy snacks. Buy fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of foods like chips, cake, cookies, candy and pop
  • Give water instead of pop or Kool-Aid
  • Give hugs and kisses instead of sweets
  • Have regular meals and snacks every day with a variety of healthy foods
  • Trust your child’s appetite. Just make sure you are giving the right foods for your child to choose from
  • Most hot dogs and lunchmeats are high in fat. Read labels and buy brands that are low in fat. Use leftover chicken and meat for sandwiches
  • Take the time to teach her good manners and how to behave at the table
  • Include your child in meal preparation. Stirring, pouring and shaking are simple jobs for a child. She can also set the table and help clean up after the meal. A child likes to help because it makes her feel needed by the family
  • Help your child brush her teeth after meals

Encourage your child to play and exercise every day!

A love for physical activity is one of the most important gifts you can give your child. Limit the amount of time she spends watching television or videotapes, playing videogames or using the computer to one hour a day.

Here are some suggestions for activity:

  • Involve your child in family chores, raking leaves and walking the dog.
  • Go for hikes or bike rides.
  • Play together. Play ball, chase, tag or hopscotch.
  • Enroll your child in planned physical activities like swimming, dancing and gymnastics.
  • Check out activities at your local community center.

Be a positive role model, be active yourself.