Nutrition Education Resources for Children

14 May, 2020

Dear All,

I have had quite a few messages this week from people thanking us for our list of COVID-19 resources for children.

So, this week, I thought I'd assemble a post summarising the many resources we have on our website, linked to 'Nutrition Education for Children'.

Since we came into being in July 2013, Children for Health has been asked to help with several nutrition education programmes for children. Our added value is to ensure that built into these programmes is the scope to empower

and mobilise children as nutrition activists.

For example, we have worked with the Provincial Government of Tete in Mozambique and with a Save the Children programme in Cambodia.

We have helped with programme design, training, materials development and evaluation. We have co-created nutrition education materials with experts and practitioners in many other countries and projects too. All of our materials have our participatory approach at their heart.

I thought it might be helpful for this community to see our nutrition resources set out in one post.

It’s important to acknowledge that this is not just 'my' work but work I have developed with very many other experts and practitioners over the years!

I hope you are all doing well during this tough time.


'Children for Health Storybooks on Nutrition in English and Portuguese'

All our storybooks are aimed at children aged 9-14 and for children of this age to read to younger children. In the back of the story book there are lots of questions and fun activities for teachers and older children to use.

'Rainbow Garden'

The Rainbow Garden tells the story of a group of children as they learn the importance of a varied and balanced diet. The teacher at school helps the children to plant a garden full of colourful vegetables they learn that to be strong and healthy they need to eat food of many colours. The rainbow food helps baby Sylvia get well and strong again and gives the children a surprising way to find a lovely birthday present for Mama Ruth. *

'O Jardim Arco-Íris'

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'How to Be Good At Football (micronutrients)'

How To be Good At Football tells the story of a boy called Mika. Mika loves football and wants to win the match at school, but he is feeling too weak and sick. He finds out that small things like nails are very important because they hold big things together and learns that the micronutrients in colourful food help to keep his body strong so that he can play football well.

'Como ser um Bom Jogador de Futebol'

'The Puzzle (Hygiene)'

The Puzzle tells the story of two children, Mika and Christina going on a journey to find a series of puzzle cards hidden around their village. They work out the answers to the puzzles find out how to stay healthy and avoid the germs that make people sick. They learn how to make a tippy tap to wash their hands and other ways to beat the germs.

'O Quebra-Cabeças'

As above and in Portuguese.

'Everyone Counts (English)'

ZaZa and ZuZu the parrots are angry that the men always eat first and do not remember to leave enough food for the children and for Mama. What can the parrots do to make sure that the children have enough to eat? The story tells of how they find a clever way to show the family how to use plates and share the food out before eating.

'Cada um Conta'

As above and in Portuguese.

'Posters on Nutrition or that include Nutrition messages'

'The 100 messages'

A two-sided poster that sets out our 100 Messages for Children to Learn and Share (including our 10 nutrition messages plus activities)

'Children’s Learning and Action for Nutrition (English)'

A two-sided poster co-created with teachers and trainers in Mozambique that describes a three-step process used when implementing this programme. This tool was more widely used than the textbook we developed.

'Children’s Action for Nutrition (Portuguese)'

As above and in Portuguese

'Nutrition Poster'

Our two-sided Nutrition poster and one in a series. Our ten messages on nutrition with ideas on implementation at the back.

'Resource Books for Educators on Nutrition'

'Children’s Action for Nutrition Teaching Guide'

This 60-page guide was developed to support the implementation of the PCAAN project in Tete province. It has lesson plans and activities and is structured around the EIGHT messages designed for the programme by government officials and teachers. *

'The 100 Messages Booklet (including our 10 nutrition messages plus activities)'

100 health messages for children to learn and share. Ten messages in ten topics. The topics include: Malaria, Diarrhoea, Nutrition, Coughs, Colds & Illness, Intestinal Worms, Water & Sanitation, Immunisation, HIV & Aids and Accidents, Injury and Early Childhood Development. The messages support teachers to structure school curricula, design health campaigns and provide content for social media. The messages help teachers, youth workers and parents a basic but essential list of what children should know and be able to share about health before leaving Primary School. Also included in the booklet are suggested activities linked to each topic to support children's understanding and outreach.

This booklet is available from the Children for Health website in 18 languages.

Here is the English version -

'Case study: Nutrition Education in Mozambique'

Case study On the Participation of Children in Action and Learning for Nutrition (PCAAN), Mozambique

'Further information on PCAAN on the Children for Health website'

'A film about PCAAN'

'Slide show on one phase of PCAAN'

'Slide show on PCAAN field work with children in Changara, Tete February 2020'

English version

Portuguese Version

'Literature Review'

Rapid Sift Literature Review on Child Participation in Action and Learning on Nutrition and Health

CHIFA profile: Clare Hanbury is director of Children for Health ( She qualified as a teacher in the UK and then worked in schools in Kenya and Hong Kong. After an MA in Education in Developing Countries and for many years, Clare worked for The Child-to-Child Trust based at the University of London’s Institute of Education where, alongside Hugh Hawes and Professor David Morley she worked to help embed the Child-to-Child ideas of childrens participation in health – into government and non-government child health and education programmes in numerous countries. Clare has worked with these ideas alongside vulnerable groups of children such as refugees and street children. Since her MSc in International Maternal and Child Health, Clare has worked freelance and focuses on helping government and non-government programmes to design and deliver child-centered health and education programmes where children are active participants. Clare has worked in many countries in East and Southern Africa and in Pakistan, Cambodia and the Yemen. Her current passion is for distilling health information for teachers, health workers and others – into simple practical health messages actionable by children.

Email: clare.hanbury AT