Teaching children about the food pyramid is a good base for teaching them about good nutrition. Good nutrition is a crucial base for healthy bodies and teeth. Although these ideas are important, that doesn’t mean it has to be a lecture. Teaching children about the food pyramid with these printable games is a sure fire way to get them excited about their own health and nutrition!
Teaching About The Food Pyramid
The food pyramid is broken down into the important food groups and explains how much we should be eating for optimal nutrition. This includes grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein as well as oils and fats. They are broken down into different colors to help children visualize the different areas.
Our Food Pyramid printable set has a variety of different activities to help explain each part of the food pyramid and how it applies in their lives. We have included a food pyramid matching game, a food group board game, a food group menu and sorting mats.
Our Healthy Eating Tips & Printable Chart may help a lot too!
To prep these activities, first print off each of the sheets. Next, cut out each of the pieces.
Next, decide if you want this to be a one time activity or if you want to use it over and over. If it is the latter, go ahead and laminate each of the pieces and add velcro dots.
If you are going to use this one time, you can just grab the coloring utensils and a glue stick and start playing.
Food Group Game:
This is a fun printable board game that will teach kids the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.
Each player receives two blocks to start with. Use a die and take turns to roll. Move that many blocks if you land on a healthy food choice. Get one more block. If you land on an unhealthy food choice, loose a block. Play until all the players reach the end. Then count your blocks. The play with the most blocks wins!
Food Group Plate Sorting
This simple sorting activity is easy to prep. There are . This includes dairy, bread & grains, junk foods, fruit, and protein.
Each plate comes with food items that match with that category. For instance for protein there is steak, beans, bacon, chicken, fish and eggs.
You can mix all of the food items in one big pile and ask the child to sort the foods onto the right plate.
Food Pyramid Matching
This is very similar to the plate sorting but there is only one mat. This mat is a food pyramid. The food items are in the correct spaces, as it shows on the food pyramid. The food pieces can be placed on or glued onto the right places.
Food Pyramid Menu
The last activity is a menu.groups. The menu is categorized by food groups. Kids can glue the food to the correct category to make a menu.
As mentioned above, if you want to reuse this activity over and over, laminate and use velcro dots instead of glue.
These activities are perfect for helping children understand how the food pyramid is classified and how important nutrition is!
Our Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes Playdough Mats are great for a human body unit!