Preschool printables make lesson planning extra easy, especially if they can be used again and again. Simplify your healthy eating lesson planning with these printable food and nutrition activities for preschoolers!
Teaching preschoolers healthy eating can be challenging. Their little taste buds are drawn to sweet treats and salty crispy foods (aren’t all ours?), so it’s not always easy to influence them to choose healthy eating choices. Good thing preschoolers aren’t always in charge, right?
Printable Nutrition Activities for Preschoolers
One way to help children make good choices when it comes to eating habits is to allow them to play with food! At least when it comes in a printable. 😉 These six food and nutrition printables are not only crowd pleasers, but they are so effective in teaching children about food groups and how to eat healthily.
Is It Healthy File Folder Game
In this game (conveniently kept together in a file folder), preschoolers roll a die and then move their counter the corresponding spaces. If they land on a healthy food, they can add a counter to their scorecard. If it’s junk food, they get no counter. The first player to complete their scorecard wins the game. And, there are two different scorecards included, one to ten and one to twenty, both in ten frames.
Fruit and Vegetable Riddles
These riddles are just the right difficulty for preschoolers. Each card has three clues. Set out two picture cards that can be possible answers (like two fruits, one obviously being the answer). Read the riddle, one clue at a time, to the preschoolers until they guess the fruit or vegetable. After the preschoolers discover the answer, it’s fun to talk about the answer and their experience with it.
Fruit and Vegetable Pattern Cards
These fruit and veggie pattern cards are the perfect addition to any math center. The set includes both AB and ABC pattern cards, and the sets are divided by fruits and vegetables, so it’s easy to just pull out a smaller set. Over 30 pattern cards included!
Eat the Rainbow Food Journals
A simple and fun way to help preschoolers understand food choices is to have them keep a food journal. In this printable food journal, preschoolers learn the importance of “eating the rainbow“, and they show that by filling their plates and then marking which colors they ate throughout the day. Simple. Fun. Effective. (And I should add that this booklet teaches print awareness and math skills, too!)
Food and Nutrition Themed Gross Motor Games
You have several options with this set of cards, and your choices depend on your child’s current skills and abilities. Here are five options, but the possibilities are endless:
- Use contact paper to secure the cards to the floor (or a shower curtain for easy reuse) in rows by food groups and play a traditional game of twister.
- Prepare the game as above and have the children hop, tiptoe, skate, etc. to the food cards.
- Scatter the cards out on the floor and invite the children to race to find a specific food group and bring the card back to the starting line.
- Place the food cards around the room and challenge the children to find food that fit into specific food groups.
- Select any activity above but have your preschooler look for colors rather than food groups.
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Food Sort
Preschoolers get to work on their fine motor and sorting skills in one printable activity! Identify the food and if it is a healthy food choice or an unhealthy one, then clip it to the corresponding side.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction