While my kids typically eat pretty well, we decided to make a nutritional printable set to help them understand what foods we ate regularly, all the time, or just sometimes. In fact, in our efforts to “Cut the Junk” completely and do whole30 as a family, this helped our 3 year old understand what foods were great for her to consume.
This nutrition printable was made for my three-year-old; however, my mother who is a retired health educator and taught in the classroom for 30+ years mentioned that this particular printable would be something she would have commonly used even with 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th graders to help explain and teach nutrition and healthy eating.
You can also do some extension activities including reading product labels, reading books such as Eating the Alphabet (aff), and even cooking together in the kitchen.
Make sure that you read more about how to teach your kids about nutrition, and most specifically how to cut their sugar consumption by reading my entire post at Reducing Sugar Consumption in Kids.
Skills your child will use in addition to learning about food
- Fine motor skills – coloring and cutting
- Deductive thinking – placing each food in a correct place
- Understanding diversity – because some foods may be placed differently based on families, this opens up great conversations.
- Life Skills – grocery shopping, cooking, and serving sizes
- Mathematical concepts – understanding frequency, patterning, and amount
What you’ll need in association with the nutrition printable set
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- Colored pencils (picture icons are approximately an inch so it’s easier to color them this way)
- Approximately 15-30 minutes for discussion and activity time
- Set aside a couple of hours for meal planning, list making, and grocery shopping together after you’ve completed the game.
- (optional) Read Eating the Alphabet
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!