I was hired by The Women Bloggers to participate in this #GerberLilBeanies campaign led by Kendal King Group on behalf of Nestle. All opinions and the emotion activity are my own.
Healthy eating has always been a priority in our family. I’ve always tried to feed healthy, nourishing meals/snacks to my kids. Since birth, my three year-old daughter Bo has been exposed to a variety of healthy foods through baby-led weaning.
But recently, Bo has become too busy for meals. She has such fun running around the house, playing with her toys, and sometimes literally trying to climb the walls that she doesn’t take time to eat. These days, I celebrate if I get her to eat an orange or a few grape tomatoes between meals. At mealtime, it is often a struggle to get her to eat anything but the bread.
I spend a good portion of my day now trying to sneak in healthy foods into Bo’s diet. Since she doesn’t like to sit for meals, I try to make her snacks as healthy as possible and make eating a fun experience for her.
When I was asked if I wanted to participate in the #GerberLilBeanies campaign, I was excited. Lil’ Beanies look like cheese puffs (one of Bo’s favorite junk foods), but they contain mainly beans and a bit of rice flour with no artificial ingredients or GMOs. Each serving even contains 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber and barely any sugar.
Gerber Lil’ Beanies Emotion Activity
I like to do no-prep totschooling activities with Bo to make our time together more educational. For this emotion activity, I wanted to help her explore what different emotions look like. We found the Lil’ Beanies were the perfect snack to use to create our emotions.
- Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks
- Cardstock paper (we used pink)
- Emotion activity face printable (click here to download and print)
- Laminator (optional)
Print the face printable onto cardstock paper. If you have a laminator, laminating the page will allow you to reuse the face the next time you stock up on Lil’ Beanies
Allow your toddler to arrange the Lil’ Beanies into a face. Bo was particularly excited about adding hair to her faces. She also thought the surprised face was hilarious.
Talk about what different emotions feel like as you do this activity and discuss how to act when your toddler feels certain emotions.
During this activity, I let Bo snack on the Lil’ Beanies freely, and she loved them. She ate nearly an entire can while we did this activity. Her favorite flavor was original, but I was partial to the white cheddar and broccoli.
Bo made the following emotions with her Lil’ Beanies:
But you can experiment with any emotion you like! Try sad, lonely, anxious, peaceful, and sleepy.
Wondering where you can find your own Lil’ Beanies to try this emotion activity? They are available in the baby/toddler aisle at Walmart for less than $2 a can. Not all Walmarts are rolling out Lil’ Beanies at the same time, so if you don’t see them there the next time you visit, you’ll probably see them over the next few weeks.
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