Science for Kids: Learning about the 5 Food Groups + Printable

Kids don’t naturally know what is healthy and what isn’t healthy, they just know what tastes good-like candy! A first great step to start introducing…

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Kids don’t naturally know what is healthy and what isn’t healthy, they just know what tastes good-like candy! A first great step to start introducing food and nutrition is learning how to classify food. Our food groups activity and printable help introduce kids to the 5 food groups, and let’s them practice putting together a balanced meal. It’s simple to do, and is a lot of fun!
 Learning about Food Groups: Nutrition Activity for Kids + Free Printable (My Plate, About me, Preschool, Kindergarten)

This activity is part of the Creative Preschooler series. Please be sure to see what other great food ideas the team has at the end of this post.

Suggested books:

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Eating the AlphabetEating the AlphabetOh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)My Very First Book of FoodMy Very First Book of FoodGregory, the Terrible EaterGregory, the Terrible EaterTops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book)Growing Vegetable Soup (Voyager Books)Growing Vegetable Soup (Voyager Books)The Vegetables We EatThe Vegetables We Eat

Learning about the 5 Food Groups

 

PrintableFood Groups Activity 

Objectives: Introduction to food group classifications and healthy eating

Supplies:

4 Plates
1 Cup
Scissors
Markers or Crayons
Pretend food/real food/or flashcards of food (I found some Food Group Cards created by the USDA)

Suggested Resources:

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Mommy Please Pretend Food Kitchen Play Set, 125-Piece Pretend Food Kitchen Play Learning Resources Fresh Picked Fruit And Veggie ToteLearning Resources Fresh Picked Fruit And Veggie Learning Puzzle - Things I Eat (15 Pcs)Learning Puzzle – Things I Eat Melissa & Doug Set the Table Color-A-MatMelissa & Doug Set the Table Color-A-MatMyPlate PosterMyPlate Poster

Directions:

1.  To prep the activity: Cut out the food labels from the printable and place each one on a plate.

2.  Let child color their own plate and cup. You may want to color each label a solid color, and color the matching food group on the plate the same color (Vegetable label, and plate portion are both green). The colors matching would be a great visual cue for helping with the rest of the activity. We would have done that, but Ms. Tiger wanted a rainbow plate instead.

3.  To play the activity: Sort the food according to it’s type onto the plates. (We didn’t have milk products in play food form, so we used real food instead). Once sorted you could talk about what other things your family eats, and what plate they might go on. You might point out that sweets don’t make it onto the healthy plate of food.

4.  Let child pick one food item off of each plate and put it onto the matching section on their plate.
Ms. Tiger loved this part, and we both (pretend) gobbled up each plate of food before removing the food, and starting over.

 

 

 

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More Food Activities Presented by the Creative Preschool Team:

My First Cookbook by Handmade Kids Art
Candy Mosaic Art by Pink Stripey Socks
Preschool Fruit and Vegetable Sort by I Heart Crafty Things
Thanks for joining us today! Love-Katie & the Kiddos
Learning about Food Groups: Nutrition Activity for Kids + Free Printable (My Plate, About me, Preschool, Kindergarten)

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    1. So glad you like it! Thanks so much Pink Stripey Socks!

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