"make your mouth water" = make you hungry by just looking at or smelling food

"I'm so hungry that just looking at the fruit makes my mouth water."

"easy as pie" = not difficult or requiring much effort

"Making delicious cookies is easy as pie."

Snack Time!
Healthy Foods for Kids

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises

What kinds of food do young children like to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your culture? What about snacks?

HELPFUL TIP : Kids always seem to be hungry, especially when they come home from school. Try having a bowl of fruit, nuts, and healthy snacks ready from them instead of chocolate and cookies.


2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions.

1. What time of day does this conversation take place?
A. in the morning
B. in the afternoon
C. in the evening

2. Why doesn't the father give his son something to eat?
A. There isn't any food to eat.
B. The boy just ate something.
C. They are going to eat soon.

3. What snack does the boy want at the beginning of the conversation?
A. potato chips
B. candy
C. donuts

4. Which one food does the father NOT offer to his son for a snack?
A. tomatoes
B. broccoli
C. carrots

5. What does the father ask the boy to do while he is preparing the snack?
A. watch TV
B. play with toys
C. look at books


1. in the afternoon
2. They are going to eat soon.
3. candy
4. tomatoes
5. play with toys


Son: Dad!

Father: Yeah, Micky.

Son: Can I have a really goodsnack?

Father: Uh, I don't know. I thinks it's . . . uh . . . what time's it? I think it's going on dinner.

Son: Uh, it's three thirty.

Father: Three thirty. Uh . . . We'd better wait. [Why, Dad?] Well, what kind of snack do you want?

Son: Candy?

Father: No, candy is out. Oh, how about some broccoli? [No!] Uh, carrots? [No!] Well, what else can you suggest?

Son: Candy.

Father: Candy. No, I don't think . . . I think You'd better wait.

Son: A sandwich? A spinach sandwich?

FatherSpinach sandwich? Spinach sandwich! When did you start liking spinach?

Son: Uh, today.

Father: Well, what about a small sandwich? [Okay] Okay, I'll whip it up in a minute. Play with your toys while you're waiting for it.

3. Post-Listening Exercises

Sometimes, young children don't like to eat certain foods at meal time. What ideas do you have to get children to eat? What has or hasn't worked from your experience or the experience of others you know? What kinds of snacks do children like most?

4. Online Investigations

Finding healthy snacks for children (or for yourself) isn't always easy. Use the Internet to find three different healthy snacks that can be purchased online. What are the benefits of each snack? How much does each cost?

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