The classic story “Stone Soup” is a great way to show children how foods can be combined to make delicious meals. (You could act out the story, then serve that soup for lunch!)
Invite the children to bring in their family’s favorite recipes for that day or
Stick toothpicks into white or sweet potatoes, then suspend the potatoes in a
cup full of water. Place them in a window, supply them with plenty of water,
and watch the potatoes sprout!
Fill the store with a variety of foods—real or plastic examples, empty cartons,
or pictures. Include nutritious foods (fruits, veggies, juices, grain products,
meats, and dairy products) and foods that are not full of nutrients (i.e.,
cookies, soda, candy). Let the children “go shopping” and learn how to make
wise food choices.
For example, have them count small pieces of fruit (such as pineapple tidbits
or grape halves) or grains (such as oat cereal or cooked macaroni). After they
count, they can eat! Make sure that children wash hands first, and that clean
dishes and handling procedures are used.
Show the children how simple herbs can make cooked vegetables taste even
Share with them foods that other people from different countries eat. Use a
map to find those countries, and share foods they might eat there. For
example, locate Central America and talk about and taste pineapple. Do the
same with Africa and peanuts, and Japan and rice.
Eggplant, grapes, oranges, carrots, red and green apples, celery sticks,
broccoli, bananas, and summer squash are all great foods to use!
Give children pictures of different foods and have them place the foods where
they think they should be on the Pyramid.
Using pictures of foods from magazines or newspaper advertisements, have
the children create their own Food Guide Pyramids by placing different foods in their proper places.
For food guide pyramid information, go to: www.mypyramid.gov