Create a nutrition chart.
- Target Age: 7
- Learning Goals: creative thinking & problem solving, life skills, math
- Related Episode: D.W. the Picky Eater
- art supplies
- child-safe scissors
- magazines with pictures of foods
- paper (sheet and a large triangle)
Help your children develop an awareness of nutritious foods while they learn some basic charting skills.
- Prep: Create a food pyramid on a large paper triangle. Be sure to include all of the food groups (grains, fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, and fats/sweets). For reference, check out the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children.
- Discuss: Talk about the food pyramid and the five food categories with your children. Together, brainstorm a list of snacks for each category.
- Create Using your list, have children choose food pictures from magazines and cut them out. Help children glue the pictures in the appropriate categories on the pyramid.
Ask: How many do we have in each category? Which category has the most? The least? Which is your favorite? Which foods are new to you?
Take It Further
Provide snacks with sample foods from some of the pyramid categories.
Adapted from WGBH web activities.