November 9, 2013


4314062In creating The Eating Game I drew on my education (degree in Nutrition and Education, specializing in Special Education) and my 37 years of work experience as a Special Education Teacher, School Board Autism Consultant and Early Interventionist.

I invented The Eating Game for a 6 year old friend, named Ethan, who is autistic. At the time he preferred to always eat hot dogs and rice; oh and he liked pizza too! So I set out to create something to help him to continue to be in control of his food choices but to expand them to have a more varied, healthier diet. I knew it would have to be very visual and offer structure and routine to make mealtime very predictable. When I was finished my creation I knew, from experience and my knowledge of autism, that I had created something that could help many more children who have restricted diets.

And so it evolved ~ The Eating Game ~ it worked for Ethan and is working for many others (read testimonials) Even after several years of using The Eating Game every day, Ethan would still choose to use it to plan his meals – he liked being in control of the food choices and he liked the predictable mealtime environment it created for him. I would encourage you to check it out. I always hope it will help another child.


Canadian Patent # 2,612,218 was granted in Jan 2014.  On Dec 18, 2012 The United States granted my Patent # 8,333,593 B2. This is a unique invention that can be used by a child to plan meals independently. No other patented invention provided a meal planner that could be used by almost any child, verbal or non verbal, gifted or challenged with delays.

The Eating Game has 5 meal planning charts that are card stock with 5 mil laminating

2 – 3 years
4 – 8 years
9 – 13 years
Females 14 – 18 years
Males 14 – 18 years

NOTE: I also have adult charts available for males & females 19 – 50 and 51+. Please just ask and I will exchange charts for younger age charts that you wouldn’t need.

The chart being used can be removed from the binder for easy use and be able to be displayed daily in a prominent place.

Each meal planning chart has six meals:
The four colors on the chart refer to the 4 food groups:
Green – Fruit & Vegetables
Yellow – Grains
Red – Meat & Alternatives
Blue – Milk & Alternatives
The number of each color indicates the recommended number of servings for 1 day; the arrangement being the creators choice.
There are also squares to place pictures of water.
Each square has a velcro button.

There are 4 sets of food pictures, over 240 in total. They are color coded to match the squares on the planning charts:
Green – Fruit & Vegetables
Yellow – Grains
Red – Meat & Alternatives
Blue – Milk & Alternatives
Each picture is on 5 mil laminated card stock with a velcro button on the back so that it will adhere to the chart.
Each day you would display only the foods from the 4 groups that your child will choose from to plan their meals for the day. You would begin by presenting any foods they have eaten in their life time that you have on hand that day.

Choosing foods, from those presented by the parent/caregiver, the pictures are placed on the daily planning chart by matching colors to plan each meal/snack for the day. There is now a very visual plan that will make the mealtime environment very predictable. At the end of the day the pictures are removed and the next day can be planned! It is an easy structure for a child to work with and one that remains the same for a lifetime! The routine of planning everyday at the same time will be beneficial to most children and the family. Very quickly, most children will be able to do this independently.


I am retired and pretty much devote my time to The Eating Game and helping families find solutions so their child can eat a healthy diet. I love a challenge and welcome any questions. To contact me at any time and to order your copy go to          ………………………. Jean Nicol

NOTE – Feb 23/15 We are trying to clear all inventory so offer you 50% off The Eating Game and MIY Kit (delivery in Canada and the USA only)

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About Jean
Jean Nicol is the Inventor and Patents owner for The Eating Game. She is the owner of the business EYECAN CREATIONS Publications, the home base for all business related to The Eating Game. Jean is a retired Special Education Teacher who is a very passionate autism advocate. Her inspiration for creating The Eating Game was an autistic boy whose family wanted the best for him, starting with good health promoted by healthy eating. The Eating Game accomplished that for him and now many more children and their families around the world. Learn more at Jean enjoys contact with Eating Game users and will reply to emails as quickly as she can to answer any questions or concerns.

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