Distinguish healthy food from junk.
- Target Age: 3-5
- Learning Goals: art, life skills, math
- Related Episode: Sick as a Dog
- pictures of food (from magazines, grocery fliers, etc.)
- poster board (two large pieces)
Use this sorting activity to help children discover and define the differences between healthy food and junk food.
- Prepare: Collect pictures of healthy foods and junk foods from magazines, fliers, newspapers, etc. On one piece of poster board, write the title "Healthy Food" and draw a green traffic light. On the other piece of poster board, write the title "Junk Food" and draw a yellow traffic light.
- Sort healthy: Point to the green traffic light and ask: What does a green light mean? (Go ahead.) Kids should feel free to go ahead and eat lots of healthy foods. Help children choose and glue down two or three pictures of healthy foods onto this poster.
- Sort junk: Point to the yellow traffic light and ask: What does a yellow light mean? (Slow down, and prepare to stop.) Explain that we should only eat junk food once in a while, if at all. Help children choose and glue down two or three pictures of junk food onto this poster (e.g., candy, chips, soda).
- Continue to sort: Keep sorting food pictures while you discuss healthy eating habits.
Ask: What sorts of things should we eat? How can we keep our bodies strong?
Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.