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HEALTHY FOOD CHART [From: Health]
Written by: Heather Gordon [Heather is a parent from Hamilton, OH]

Age:

2-5 years

Activity Summary:

This activity teaches young children the importance of good health and healthy choices.

What You Need:

•Old food magazines
•Scissors
•2 pieces of cardboard or heavy paper
•Glue
•Marker or Pen

What You Do:

  1. Look through the magazines and cuts out food pictures of snacks, sodas, healthy foods -- find a wide variety of both healthy and unhealthy foods.

  2. Using a pen or marker, label the tops of the cardboard or paper. On one sheet, write "Healthy Choices" on the other write, "Unhealthy Choices".

  3. Have the child/children go through the pile of food images, and place the food items in the appropriate category. For example ice cream would go under unhealthy choice and carrots would go under healthy choice.

  4. Discuss each of the items with the child/children and encourage them to start gluing the pictures on the appropriate sheet. For example: explain that too much ice cream can be unhealthy for your teeth and cause you gain weight; explain that carrots are good for your body because they have vitamins that help you to see better; explain that milk is healthy for your bones... etc, etc.

Recommended Products:

Food and Nutrition Thematic Unit

Food and Nutrition Thematic Unit

The Food and Nutrition Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: Growing Vegetable Soup; Bread Bread Bread; and Gregory the Terrible Eater. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.


Recommended Resources

Eat Smart. Play Hard. for Kids!
http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardkids/



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