Plan a snack or a meal that can be eaten with the fingers. Nuts, crackers,
fruits, and vegetables are easy. Be brave and experiment with peanut butter,
yogurt, and other foods that are normally eaten with a utensil. Be sure the children have clean hands before they start this activity. Use spoons in the serving bowls. As they eat, talk with the children about how foods feel.
Caution: Young children can easily choke on raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, hot dogs, etc. Do not give these foods to infants. Closely watch young children when they eat these foods.
Talk with the children about grain-based foods, such as bread, rice, pasta, crackers, cereals, even cakes and cookies. Children need 6 servings of grain foods each day. Talk about why we need to make sure that we choose some grain foods more often than others.
Discuss with the children foods that can be made with grains.
Read the story The Little Red Hen. Grains, like the wheat in the story, are the seeds of grasses. We eat many kinds of grass seed.
The little red hen could have taken any of these to the miller: rice, corn, barley, rye, oats or wheat.
Taste test breads made from different grains so that the children can see and taste the difference.
Use nutrition posters for a large puzzle or have children choose magazine pictures or draw pictures of food and food related ideas, such as farms, plants, gardens or animals.
Before the children arrive, prepare 3 pitchers of frozen lemonade. Use food coloring to color one pitcher orange, one green, and leave one its natural yellow color, so that the three look like: orangeade, limeade, and lemonade.
When the children arrive let them sample the “mystery juice” from each pitcher and guess what flavors they are tasting.
Many people believe their eyes rather than their taste buds.
Discuss how the appearance of food can affect our enjoyment of its taste.