CHOP newsletter from CACFP
April 2019
Get Outdoors and Play!
Now that the weather is nice, get outside and play! The benefits to children playing outdoors are endless, but children today are outside less than ever before. Children can participate in a multitude of outdoor activities, depending on their age and comfort level. Children benefit from both structured play time with adults to free time playing outside by themselves.

Some of the proven benefits of outdoor play include:
  • Developing skills to think critically, plan, and self-manage risk.
  • Building social skills, resilience and promoting self-esteem.
  • Higher physical activity levels which can help decrease obesity.
  • Increased mental health.
  • Developing independence that comes from experimenting.
For more information on the benefits of outdoor play, check out this article.

Fun outdoor activities include:
  • Create an outdoor obstacle course with items in your home or center.
  • Create a bean bag ladder toss by labeling each rung of the ladder with a different point value.
  • Paint 2-liter plastic bottles and create a recycled bottle bowling lane outside.
  • Spray paint a twister board on the grass.
  • Have a good old fashioned water balloon fight.
  • The My Kids Adventures website has a ton of fun outdoor activities!

Check out the National Get Outdoors Day website for more fun activities and information! 

It's Time to Start Planting!

Spring is here and it's time to start thinking about getting your garden started. Here are some fun activities you can do with kids now to get them excited about the garden: 
  • Have the kids create seed bombs. These are made of clay, potting soil and seeds and are easy and fun to make. Seed bombs generally contain native plants, and can be a good conversation starter about native and invasive plants in Colorado. Here is a good step-by-step guide to follow.
  • Get your garden area ready! This is also something fun you can have your kids help with, including raking and putting down fresh mulch. You can have the kids test the components of the soil by doing a mason jar soil test. Fill half of a mason jar with soil, then fill with water and shake. The clay, silt and loam will settle into distinct layers.  
Check out These Community Plant Sales!

Visit Denver Urban Gardens Friday May 10 & Saturday May 11 for their Spring Plant Sale. Proceeds benefit Grow a Garden programming, which provides plants and know-how to individuals in need.

Be sure to visit and support our local Colorado Master Gardeners in Denver on Saturday, May 18  and Sunday, May 19 for their annual plant sale.

Keep an eye out for The GrowHaus' Roots to Health Seedling Sales in May. Proceeds support the Growhaus' mission to ensure lasting access to healthy food in our communities. 
Recipe of the Month
Cauliflower Breadsticks

See all CHOP Recipes
Sub-grant Check-in

April - Cauliflower
Activity Tracking Form 
    Due April 5, 2019
Quarterly Report Worksheet
    Due April 19, 2019

Curriculum: Harvest for Healthy Kids
Featured Vegetable: Cauliflower

May - Beets and/or Strawberries
Save the Date
Webinar: May 15, 2019

Curriculum: Harvest for Healthy Kids
Featured Vegetable: Beets 

Curriculum: Grow it Try it Like it!
Featured Fruit: Strawberries


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More information on CHOP is located on the CACFP website too!

Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  

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