Teaching your child about food allergies is an important part of keeping them safe. Young children can start to learn about food allergies at a young age. This knowledge will give them confidence with self-managing their food allergies as they get older.
Here are some resources created just for kids to help them learn more about food allergies. The links below include books, videos, games, music and classroom resources.
This coloring and activity book from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA) gives children and families a basic understanding of food allergies, as well as asthma. It is a fun way for children to learn about food allergies. It has word finds, crossword puzzles, word scrambles, mazes and other activities. It also has a story to read and color and a list of websites on allergies and asthma for parents and kids. This book is available as a free PDF download. If you don't have a printer, you can take screenshots of the pages and load them into a paint type app on a tablet or computer for your child to work on.
Arthur, a popular PBS character, and his friends offer several resources to help your little one understand food allergies. Their site has information for adults and kids, games, activities and videos. It also includes a link to an Arthur episode on food allergies, “Binky Goes Nuts.”
Panda, one of the main characters on the “We Bare Bears” cartoon, has a peanut allergy. His allergy is a common part of the story line. The cartoon shows the characters avoiding peanuts and using epinephrine auto-injectors to treat allergic reactions.
Note: this show does show characters having anaphylactic reactions. Even though it handles reactions positively, you might want to watch it first if your child is alarmed by seeing reactions on TV.
Widzy Diner helps your child learn about food allergies through this smartphone game. Characters choose safe foods for diner patrons based on their food allergies. It's available for iOS and Android devices.
Kyle Dine shares uses music to teach kids and families about food allergies. His site offers activity pages you can download, as well as CDs and DVDs you can buy.
Teach your child how to identify the food they are allergic to through this online game from American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Use Mr. Nose-It-All to pop bubbles that contain unsafe foods.
7. Hands-On Activities
These school resources are great to share with your child's teacher and school staff, homeschool co-op or scouting troop to help spread food allergy awareness and keep kids with food allergies safe. Or use them yourself with your own family.
Forty-five percent of severe allergic reactions in schools begin in the classroom. A Teal Classroom encourages being safe and inclusive for everyone with food allergies. Share this guide with your child's teacher, school nurse and administrators as a resource to raise food allergy awareness in your child's school. This book is available as a free PDF download.
One teacher taught her students about food allergies using a simple, yet fun, activity. Download copies of the activity to share with your child’s teacher.
Did you know some craft supplies and school activities can have hidden food allergens? Use our list to know what allergens to watch for. You can also use the list to teach your child to identify possible allergens in items like play dough. Or share your list with your child's teacher as you work together to make their classroom safe.
Make rice or cornstarch play dough free from the top 8 food allergens.