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Food Collages


Food pyramid poster, optional
Large easel and paper or white board
Pens or markers
Magazines or old cookbooks
Glue sticks or squeezable tubes of clear glue
White paper plates


1. Discuss the food pyramid with the children and, if desired, show them a
picture of it.
2. Ask the children what foods they like to eat. Write their responses on a piece
of easel paper or a white board. Draw a picture of the foods, if desired.
3. When finished, reread the list back to the children. Then explain to them that
they will be making food collages of their favorite foods.
4. Give the children magazines or old cookbooks and encourage them to cut
out pictures of different foods.
5. Give each child a paper plate. Encourage the children to glue their pictures
onto their paper plates to make a collage.
6. Allow time for each child to share their pictures with the rest of the children.
More to do
Dramatic Play: Put empty food boxes in the Dramatic Play Center so the
children can play "grocery store."
Literacy: Ask the children to "write" about their collages. They can also dictate
stories about their favorite foods and an adult can write them down.
Science: Read The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss to the children. Give each child a
real carrot seed to plant in either a clear plastic cup or in an outdoor garden.
More Science: Fill a clear jar half full with buttermilk. Encourage the children to
take turns shaking the jar until butter is formed.
Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds
Center: Art
Topic: Food
Content: Health & Safety
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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