Healthy Eating Lesson Ideas

  • gather nutritional information from local fast food restaurants and compare them
  • draw cartoons about good and poor eating habits
  • create nutritious snacks for children at a day care centre
  • create a puppet show about nutrition
  • create nutritional information on placemats
  • create a restaurant menu that includes foods that would meet your basic dietary guidelines
  • check web sites for nutritional information
  • create a nutritious, safe picnic meal. Then go for a picnic
  • write a tv script to role play reasons for eating right
  • Divide children into small groups. Give each group a large paper and a food group. Have them hunt together in ad packs and magazines for food items in that group. The children glue their choices and label them onto their paper. Have each group share their choices with the class. Hang in the room.
  • Food Pyramid Book: Fold construction paper to create a book. Place the six writing papers inside the construction paper. On the top of each paper write the name of a Food Pyramid section and number of servings. Have children use newspaper grocery ads and magazines to find food pictures to glue on each paper. Decorate the front of your Food Pyramid Book.
  • Name That Food : Each groups will need pencils and a piece of paper. The teacher names a food group and a letter of the alphabet. Example: grains (breads and cereals) letter "B". The teacher sets a time limit, can be one minute or five minutes. When the time is up have each group share their list with the class. The group with the most items on their list wins. The game continues with another food group selected and a different alphabet letter chosen.
  • Name That Food Group Game: Divide children into two teams. One person from each team comes to the front of the room. Place a bell between the two players. Teacher names a food group. The first to ring the bell names a food in that group. If unable to do so the second team gets a chance to name a food in that food group. New players step to the front of the room for the next round. A different food has to be named with for each food group, cannot keep saying the same food. The team who names the correct food receives a point. The team with the highest points win.
  • Healthy Food Collage: Talk about healthy food. Have children cut out healthy foods from store ad packs and magazines. The children glue the healthy foods on their construction paper. At group time have the children show their completed collage and name the foods on it.
  • Food Group Sort: Fold a poster board into sections (can use 2 poster boards divided into sections). Have pictures of different foods that the children can help to sort into the correct section of the food group.
  • Food Colors: Choose the colors and label each sheet of poster board with a color (orange foods, red foods, green foods, yellow foods, purple foods, blue foods). Have the children cut food pictures from magazines and grocery ads. Have children place the food item on the correct poster board. The teacher glues down and prints the foods name under each picture. At group time point at the different foods and have the children name the food and tell its color. Hang in the room for a colourful decoration.
  • Drive-Thru: Use a large appliance box, cut out a window on one side and a door on another side (can use the stand up puppet stage). Place outside or in the gym near the wheeled toy area. Place a box near to "dispose" of the orders when done. Use small boxes for take-out orders. Provide a paper cap for the "clear". Make a menu to tape on the box.

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