Four Food Groups Made Easy

Today’s post was written by  Rebecca from A Little Bit Of Momsense
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Fun with Food

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By creating a chart with the four food groups, I was able to highlight the difference between the food my toddler was eating and why it’s important to select food from different boxes. This activity was done over a couple week period. I focused on one food group each week, did the activity, talked about it, mentioned it at dinner etc.

Directions: Using Bristol board, divide with marker into four squares (I also left a small space at the bottom to discuss treats at a later time if I choose) Then, select which square to fill and activity to do.

Vegetables and Fruitveggies

This was the easiest group for him to understand. The first activity we did was a fruit bowl (see the purple thing in the square!). We talked about his favourite fruits and as he named them, I cut them out of felt. He glued them onto the ‘bowl’ made of construction paper.What was great at the end, is that there was a variety of colour in his choices. We were able to talk about this as well. For vegetables, we did the activity from a preschool website here: Vegetable Basket //www.first-school.ws/activities/nutrition/veggiebasket1.htm and a Mr. Broccoli Head using this template: http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/mbigboybroccoli.html

DairyDiary


Using the weekly grocery store flyer, look through it with your child and have him point out dairy products. Some they’ll recognize based on what’s in the fridge, others they’ll need help with. Cut out pictures and glue onto construction paper.

Grains
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By far, this was the most fun activity because of the mess. I gathered all the grains I had in the cupboard (rice, couscous, oatmeal, flour, pasta etc) and put them in a container (I used an egg carton)Next, my son painted glue on a piece of cardboard (used a cereal box!)

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Then, he added bits of the grains onto the glue.grainmaking This got messy but it was fun! Let dry. Shake excess grains before adding to your board!


Meats and Meat Alternatives


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I didn’t want to focus on the meat part of this activity – he doesn’t eat a lot of it, and I didn’t want pictures of cows and pigs on the board!

Instead, I went through the cupboard and fridge and found examples of meat and meat alternatives: Peanut Butter, canned Salmon, Beans, eggs (using an old egg carton) – and I drew a fish and chicken leg!

He identified the foods, and we took the labels off if necessary and glued everything to the square.

Finally, to finish off the activity we talked about cookies being a treat and ‘sometimes’ food and read a book about Cookie Monster and cookies!

Have fun and encourage your child to talk about what they like about certain foods, their favourite things to eat etc.

Comments

  1. says

    This is a very clever idea! I’m definitely going to do this one, since my son is a super picky eater and I’m hoping this will help him like/try more foods if he views them in a fun way. Thanks for sharing!
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