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Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Game for Kids

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Kids earn points for eating servings of vegetables, fruits, proteins and grains
  • Bonus points for trying something new
  • Developed with the help of nutritionists, pediatricians, and teachers
  • Includes a free reward chart, 90 illustrated cards, and rules of play
  • Named one of the Best 100 Children's Products of 2011 by Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved

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  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm ; 172 g
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Item model number: HealthyEatingGame
  • ASIN: B005I63E9U
  • Date first available at May 29 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,066 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Game is a mealtime card game that makes healthy eating fun for the whole family. In this engaging game, kids earn points for eating a balanced and colorful meal. Bonus points for trying new foods. Heralded by Rachael Ray's Yum-o! as, "A simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods", Crunch a Color: The Healthy Eating Game is the easy way to end battles over broccoli, invite new foods to your family table, and have fun eating healthy together.

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Everyone had fun with this game. It's a challenge and fun at the same time. We are now eating healthier because of Crunch a Color. I would for sure suggest this game to my friends who have children who are picky eaters. Five Stars for Crunch a Color.
Connie McArthur
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unfortunately, I was not too impressed with this product. I had been expecting a game, but it a bunch of different colored cards that you give out to your kids at mealtimes when they eat some vergtables or fruit. I found there weren't enough cards for all 3 of my kids if they all ate the same thing and that the cards kept getting dirty. Food, games, and kids don't really mix. This might be a good game for kids over 6, but again, it isn't really a game, just a bunch of cards to hand out.
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Kids still happy with it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa83be4e0) out of 5 stars Turn your picky eater into a healthy eater, like magic July 13 2012
By Susan L Sims - Published on
When I first heard about Crunch a Color I was ecstatic. It seemed to be just what I'd been looking for to end the power struggles around the dinner table. Crunch a Color is a game where kids earn points based on what they choose to eat for the day. The number of points vary from 5 points for things like grapes, apples, and potatoes, up to 15 points if they choose something like asparagus, spinach, or eggplant. The goal is to earn 30 points each day and then at the end of the week they can earn a prize. The genius here is that by approaching food this way there is absolutely no reason for your child to resist eating. They're no longer eating a food because you say so, they're motivated by that daily goal.

I knew immediately that this would be embraced by my competitive six year old, and boy was it! After a day or two of learning the ropes I found her rummaging through the refrigerator looking for bok choy. She wasn't even sure what bok choy was, but she was determined to get those points. You see bonus points are awarded for trying a new food, so new foods became the targets she zeroed in on in a hurry. As we started the second week I began making my grocery list for the weekly shopping and asked Sophie if there was anything she'd like to add. In a flash she was standing next to me with her deck of cards naming a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.

In addition to food choices, there are several ways to earn a few extra points during the week, my favorite one being "Start a conversation at the dinner table". With just that small suggestion a new habit has been formed - every night Sophie asks us about our day. So not only are we no longer at a standoff over what's on her plate, we're actually talking and, dare I say, smiling during dinner. Amazing!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa83d8e64) out of 5 stars Fun way to encourage good eating habits Feb. 25 2014
By Bookphile - Published on
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After owning this product for a few weeks, I'll admit that it hasn't had the impact on my son that I would have liked it to have, but he's a pretty willful kid. Even so, we did see some good results thanks to this game.

The concept is easy: your child earns a color card for each fruit or vegetable they eat, and they earn cards for eating healthy proteins, healthy grains, and drinking water or milk. There are bonus cards for things like trying a new vegetable or starting a conversation at the dinner table. The goal is to earn one protein card and three colors cards each day, and to earn a minimum of 30 points. If you're trying a more exotic fruit or vegetable, the benefits are obvious as the color cards consist of 5,10, or 15 points, depending on how unusual the fruit/vegetable is. The competitive nature of the game should work well if you have multiple children.

My son is four and a painfully picky eater. I was getting tired of nightly battles over him trying his food, so this game seemed like a good way to try to encourage more positive interactions. I decided to get my ten-year-old daughter involved as well. She's more adventurous but still balks at some foods. In the end, I think the game has benefited her the most. We decided on a small prize at the end of each week, and she's very motivated to get all of her cards each day so that she can win the prize.

The game has reduced the amount of complaining she does and encouraged her to try things she tends to fuss over. The other big bonus is that it's made dinnertime more peaceful and encouraged the kids to engage in polite behavior like starting a dinner conversation. Even though it wasn't as effective with my son as I'd hoped, I still very much like this product and think it's a great way for parents to convince their kids to engage in healthier eating habits. It doesn't just have to be for kids either. Adults looking to eat better can also participate, making this a great and healthful family activity.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa88bdb04) out of 5 stars A third serving of Brussels Sprouts?! Nov. 15 2012
By TwinsPlusOne - Published on
A few weeks ago a friend gave us this game as a gift and it's been the focal point of our kitchen table ever since. If you have anyone in your house that is under the age of 12, a remotely selective eater, and/or you'd love to see more good fruits and vegetables go into your kids, you need to get Crunch a Color. Now.

So far it's inspired the following in our house:

An impeccably set dinner table most nights
6 new fruits and vegetables sampled by twin 4-year-olds and a six-year-old, eagerly, I might add.
A newly discovered love of arugula
Far less dissent when protein appears on a plate
1 heated discussion about what constitutes a healthy grain
A better understanding of what constitutes a serving size for different bodies
1 request for a third helping of Brussels Sprouts

I wish I had found it sooner!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8a19fd8) out of 5 stars My daughter loves it and it makes her eat a balanced meal! March 4 2013
By Rysker - Published on
Crunch a Color is fantastic! I absolutely recommend this to any parents out there who are trying to get their kids to eat a more balanced meal. My daughter loves eating certain types of food and used to shun others, but with Crunch a Color, she's really keen on trying to "win" and it's made feeding her a balanced meal a joy instead of chore. The time and effort we spend cooking meals really feels worth it now that she readily eats and tries at least a little bit of everything. Thanks!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8a06db0) out of 5 stars Crunch a Color has transformed our dinner time! May 13 2015
By Stacy - Published on
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This is one of the best purchases I have ever made for my family. I can't praise this enough! My 5 year old has been notoriously picky about food since she was 2. Crying, panicking, running from the dinner table, generally no fun. The rest of us love to eat healthy and sometimes adventurous recipes and I love to cook new foods. In retrospect it must have been mainly a power struggle issue because she would eat a lot of things hidden in foods as long as she didn't know it was there. Anyway, we are two weeks in now and there have been zero food related arguments and she hasn't whined about anything. The key thing is, the rules are not set by me, the rules are the fault of the game, she can't argue with game rules!

Our favorite card is the double points for trying a new food. She just loves trying to beat her sister and trying a new food is the perfect way for her to do that. Plus, while she is in a great game-playing mood, we are able to talk about why certain foods are worth more points and which foods aren't worth any points at all. We have talked about whole grains vs white bread, quinoa and cauliflower rice vs white rice, and the most helpful: how to determine a serving size. Now it's not me telling her to eat 4 broccoli, it's the game! And she busts out her little fist and measures an appropriate serving of broccoli. The value of this game has far exceeded the cost already even if we stop playing it soon, I'm sure she will remember these tidbits of information.

Also very important to know is that you may actually have to change the way you eat as well. You have to eat 3 different colors of fruits or vegetables - you have to have this available in the house! You can make the game that you have to get 3 during the course of the whole day which is super easy, but we do the whole game during dinner and if I just can't make it happen then I'll allow them to have like frozen strawberries for dessert and that will count. I have been making much more balanced meals as well trying to abide by the rules of the game too. It is not hard to achieve this, I just have to be slightly conscious of it while planning dinner. Different fruits and vegetables are valued at different point levels. The commonly easy things like watermelon and strawberries and potatoes are worth 5 points, but rarer vegetables are worth up to 15 points like cauliflower, onions, swiss chard. You have to eat a fist-sized portion for it to count. It makes so much sense! Try it!