Food Pyramids

Food Pyramids lesson plan

  • 1.

    Check out the USDA Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children at Recommended daily servings are: 6 grain; 3 vegetables; 2 each of milk, fruit, and meat (includes fish, poultry, and eggs); few fats and sweets.

  • 2.

    Start children’s nutrition experiences with simple activities, such as A Bunch for Lunch. Try nutritious foods (Recycled Carrots and Edible Alphabet).

  • 3.

    Children ages 3 and younger require close adult supervision during art and food preparation projects to ensure their safety. They tear food pictures from magazines. Older children make individual pyramids.

  • 4.

    To make a pyramid: On poster board or other large paper, use Crayola® Washable Markers and a yardstick to draw a huge triangle.

  • 5.

    Divide the triangle in shapes similar to those on the Food Guide Pyramid.

  • 6.

    With markers, write the number of servings and names of food groups in the pyramid: 6 grain, 3 vegetable,2 fruit, 2 meat, 2 milk, and fats and sweets.

  • 7.

    To find foods: On white paper, draw pictures of your favorite foods that fit in each category. OR search through magazines for food pictures. OR find recycled food containers with pictures. Cut with Crayola® Scissors (4 years and older) or tear (3 or you

  • 8.

    Sort food pictures and attach to categories with a Crayola® Glue Stick.


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