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The Food Pyramid



Materials:

Picture of the food pyramid, found on many cereal boxes
Masking tape
Empty food containers with labels showing contents



Instructions:

1. Collect empty food containers. Don't forget frozen foods and berry containers. Try to have something for each of the six food categories. Ask parents ahead of time to send a few containers with each child. If someone forgets, be sure to bring in extras.
2. Form the shape of a giant food pyramid with masking tape on your floor. Mark off the six sections with tape.
3. During circle time discuss the need for a variety of foods in a healthy diet. Show children a food pyramid. Explain the six categories and the daily serving suggestions for each: fats, oils and sweets (use sparingly); milk, yogurt, cheese and dairy (two to three servings); meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts (two to three servings); vegetables (three to five servings); fruits (three to five servings); breads, cereals, pastas, rice and grains (six to eleven servings). Discuss with children which foods would go into each of the categories.
4. Then ask each child to place a container in the category they think it belongs. Let children help each other.
5. Afterwards, you can put the containers on shelves to have a grocery store. If you have a cart and register, children can shop for healthy foods. If you do not have these items, let children use their imaginations.
6. As a follow-up activity children can sort food into healthy and unhealthy categories.
7. At snack time ask children to which categories the food they are eating belong.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Food
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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