Rainbow Resource Room
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Click the Rainbow for The Rainbow Resource Room
Click the Schoolhouse for Activity Central
Print this Page
& Nutrition Activities
There are 4 black & white printables / coloring pages available for this theme.
Use your BACK button to return to this page.
Pretzel Letters Recipe
1 tsp. salt (optional)
1½ cups warm water
4 cups flour
1 envelope yeast
1 egg (beaten)
Your Own Healthy Orange Juice
Materials: Oranges cut in quarters, plastic zip-lock baggies and straws.
Description: Give each child a quarter piece of an orange. Have the child place their orange into the baggie, zip lock and squeeze. Add straw and enjoy.
Comments: The children enjoy making this and there is no mess!
Frosted Leaf Cookies
Roll out sugar cookie dough onto floured surface. Cut out leaf shapes with cookie cutters. Bake as directed on tube. Cool on wire racks. Divide frosting into three small bowls. Add food coloring and let the children frost thecookies in fall colored frostings.1 Tube Refrigerator sugar cookie dough
Yummy Red Applesauce
Materials: Apples, cooking pot, heat source, peeler and corer, sugar, and red hots candy.
Description: We make homemade applesauce, by peeling, chopping, and cooking apples until the are soft. We talk about the texture of the apple before it is cooked and the after it is cooked. While the applesauce is still warm we add sugar. We then dish out individual portions and give each child a handful of red hot candy. They stir in the red hots and watch the applesauce turn red. It also adds the cinnamon flavor.
Comments: The children love participating in the process of making the applesauce and to them it is magic when the sauce turns red.
Apples, Apples, Apples!
Description: The first week on apples we
make apple pancakes on Friday. (I usually do most of my baking on Friday's.)
After learning about apples we use them to bake or cook. We first
wash our hands and then meet at one large table.
Once everyone is done we mix them in and have an adult make some apple pancakes for us. I bring my electric frying pan to make the pancakes, so the kids can watch them being made. Syrup is in small pitchers if they want to put some on. We use plastic knives and forks to eat them. MMMMM Good!
Using an apple corer/peeler we get the apples ready to cut up. Then each child gets 2 apples to cut up with their plastic knife. When they have finished cutting both apples they raise their hand to put the apples in the pot. When everyone is done we add about 1/2 cup of water. If you do not have access to a stove, crock pots work great. It takes about 30 minutes to bake down the apples on med-med / high heat. Stir often so they don't stick to the bottom. When the applesauce is done cooking we let the children add cinnamon and sugar in their own bowl if they want to. Then we enjoy.
Pampered Chef recipe called: Nancy's Apple BreadCream butter and sugar together. I just use a good sturdy wooden spoon. Dissolve baking soda in lemon juice. (Show the kids what happens, use a soup bowl because it will fizzle all over.) Combine baking soda mixture, eggs and vanilla with the butter mix. Stir well. Add flour and salt. Mix. Have the children help cut up the apples that are pre-cut and pre skinned. Gently fold in the apples.
Mix first 3 ingredients. Cut in small pieces of butter/margarine. Makes a coarse mixture. Pour 1/2 the batter into a greased bread pan. Sprinkle half the crumb mix onto the batter. Then pour the remaining batter into the pan. Top with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees. CoolCrumb Mixture Recipe
before trying it. MMMMMM GOOD!
Then I send the recipes home if they want to make them with their families.
Comments: We love cooking or baking at least once a week. This is a good way to introduce young children to cooking and baking.
Take a peek at the Apple Theme!
Sensorimotor: Christmas Tree Treats
Materials: Cone shaped ice cream cones (usually sugar cones are the right shape), green food coloring, ready made white cake frosting, mini chocolate chips, mini m&ms, sprinkles, and small paper plates.
Description: Prep work: Write child's name on each paper plate. It will be more difficult to do this after the treat has been made. Add green food coloring to the white frosting a little at a time, depending on how green you want your tree treats to be.
Ask the children to spread the frosting all over their cone, and then have them set it upside down on their paper plate. Now they can stick any of the remaining decorations (chips, m&ms, sprinkles, etc.) onto the frosting to make it look like a decorated christmas tree. The frosting will harden after a few minutes, making it easier to eat (if their treat makes it this far :) ).
Comments: This activity can get messy, so you may want to use smocks. This is a great sensorimotor activity and the best learning can be messy sometimes. I do think that all the ingredients used would wash out pretty easily.
There are lots of activities about Christmas.
& Craft: "Pizza"
Materials: Round brown construction paper, smaller round red construction paper, yellow construction paper, small black round stickers and small round red stickers.
Description: The children will take the brown construction paper and put it under the red construction paper. This is the crust and sauce. Tear pieces of the yellow construction paper for cheese. If the children like pepperoni, take the red stickers and place them on and if they like olives place the black stickers on also. Now you have a creation almost good enough to eat!
Materials: Board or poster board with 6 pockets labeled meat, fruit, vegetable, fat, milk, bread. Pictures of food from each food group, laminated to last.
Description: Children sort pictures into correct pocket.
Made: "Food Pyramid"
Materials: A triangle shape felt piece. In advance, I made mine with four different colors, sewed them together and backed it with a piece of tapestry for sturdiness. Find enough food pictures to fill the pyramid. The more the merrier. Felt for the back of pictures and contact paper for the front of pictures. Scissors. Glue to glue felt to backs of food pictures. Cut the pictures to be small enough to fit the pyramid.
Description: Introduce the pyramid at group time and explain about the amounts of each food that is needed each day. Make the activity available for exploration during the week.
Activity: Foods We Eat
You will need:
Begin by talking with youngsters about the different foods they eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Talk about the healthy foods they eat and how those foods help them grow and stay well. Next, provide magazines and ask children to find and cut out pictures of food. Encourage youngsters to look for healthy foods from the basic food groups.
Preschool children together with teachers sort the pictures into meal groups (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack). Then have youngsters work cooperatively in groups of 2 and glue each meal on a paper plate. Display the resulting meals in the kitchen/housekeeping area of the classroom.
Cooking: Yummy Shapes
Materials: One saltine cracker, peanut butter and one large marshmallow for each child and a plastic knife or spoon to spread the peanut butter.
Description: After I have introduced the
square and circle I end the study with a yummy shape snack. Each
child is given a saltine cracker, the square. They are given a spreader
- plastic knife, spoon or wooden stick and they spread the peanut butter
Don't forget to look at the entire theme about Shapes.
and Literacy: "Pippi's Birthday Cones"
Materials: Pippi Longstocking by
Description: Nine year old Pippi lives in
a world of her own, a child's world of the imagination. In Pippi's
world anything is possible. In this story, Pippi takes over the circus
act from the ringmaster, out wits robbers, saves some children from a burning
house, and celebrates her birthday in a way only Pippi could.
Comments: You can also fill your muffin tin 2/3 full and put the ice cream cone down on top and the cake will bake up into the cone.
Activity: Cooking Muffins
Description:Teachers first read the book, "If You Give A Moose A Muffin".After reading, ask children their favorite flavors of muffins, and chart them.
Next, cook muffins, allowing children to mix ingredients, divide batter and provide filling: jelly, raisins, cut up apples, etc. Each child makes and eats his or her own.
At art provide dot paints and other media for children to decorate favorite muffin cut out.
& Craft: "Grocery Shopping"
Materials: Brown grocery bags in various sizes, we used small old magazines, scissors and glue.
Description: The objective is to get the children to recognized the different items you can buy at a grocery store. Children need to know that there are some things that can't be brought at the grocery store. Have children look in the magazines for things that you can buy at the grocery store and cut them out. You may have to help with the cutting. Once they have found the pictures, have them paste the pictures on the bag. I hang the bags up in the classroom with the heading "I Went Grocery Shopping, Look At All My Treats."
Materials: Cards with pictures of groceries commonly found, i.e., apple, bread etc. Lists of the cards divided up with eight items on each.
Description: Give each child a list with 8 items on it. Shuffle the pre made cards and allow each child to take a turn. If the item matches the one on their list let them keep it for their trolley (shopping cart). Otherwise show it to the others and see if they can match it. During the game discuss the colors and types of food they have.
Cooking: "Decorate Your Own Cupcake"
Materials: Book Curious George Bakes
Description: At circle time, read the story, Curious George Bakes a Cake. Ask questions relating to the story afterwards. Give each child a plate with a spoonful of icing, a small handful of mini m&m's, a small pinch of sprinkles and a plain cupcakes. Have each child wash his or her hands. Tell the children they can decorate & eat their own cupcake. If you have time, you could have the children help you make the cupcake batter the day before.
Transition Snack Song
Description: As our children come to the snack table we sing this song sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It
Put your hands in the air, in the airTake a look at Transition Time Activities or for more transition rhymes, songs and poems go to Transition Time Nursery Rhymes.
& Game: "Find The Gingerbread Man"
Materials: Gingerbread cookie mix, bear cookie cutters and brown construction paper.
Description: This is a two day activity. On the first day, make gingerbread cookies with the kids, letting them each cut out a cookie and decorate it with red hots for eyes, buttons, etc. Tell the kids that they have to bake so we will have to wait until the next day. Read the Gingerbread Man story.
The next day, go to the kitchen where you will find that the pan is empty. Ahead of time, cut out gingerbread men out of construction paper and place the clues at different locations around school. When you find the pan empty, begin your search following from clue to clue. At the end, it should take you back to your cookies. Then eat and enjoy. An extra added fun is to place flour prints on the floor. As you go on your journey, you can follow them.
Take a look at the Gingerbread Man Theme!
and Literacy: "Corn Bread and Butter"
House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Description: Laura and her family are pioneers who leave civilization behind to build a little house on the prairie. Despite harsh weather, wild animals, and the ever present threat of Indians, Laura's life is a happy one. After all, there is always Pa's fiddle, Ma's tenderness, and good times with friends. Corn was a staple of the pioneers' diet. Here is a traditional recipe for corn bread and butter.
Corn Bread and Butter
Materials: A large pot or crock pot. Children to bring in their favorite vegetable. Teacher brings in cans of broth.
Description: Have children wash their hands. Then have each child put into the pot or crock pot, their vegetable. If they bring in a can, help them open it. If they brought in potatoes or carrots (help) let them peel them. Get other children to help with peeling. Cook until all vegetables are done and serve.
Comments: I have done this with 2's
Motor Skills: "Gathering Eggs"
Materials: Tongs, plastic golf balls (these are the eggs), empty egg cartons.
Description: Put the golf ball (eggs) in a bucket. Have the kids retrieve them with the tongs and put them in each slot in the egg carton. Great for fine motor skills as well as coordination.
Comments: The kids love to use the tongs!
We usually have buttered bread at lunch with our preschool children. I cut the bread in triangle shapes and rectangle shapes and offer the children the choice of what shape they want for lunch, triangle or rectangle. I sometimes even cut circle shapes with a glass when the crust is hard or we are doing shapes.
This is easy and doing it every day the kids absorb the concept like a sponge. They don't have to know it because the shape is already there and you can ask how many sides does a triangle have? Or a rectangle have? It's easy and fun and doesn't cost any thing extra when you are serving lunch anyway.
Don't forget to take a peek at the Shape Activity Theme
& Craft: "Lunch Boxes"
Materials: Construction paper lunch box shapes. Cut flap in top one so you can open the lunch box and see inside. Cut-out food pictures.
Description: Children glue in favorite foods on bottom part of the lunch box, then glue top on. Now, the teacher labels the lunch box with child's name, and takes dictation about the child's favorite foods.
Materials: Construction paper cut into the shape of a lunch box, letters for each letter of each child's name cut from construction paper, glue, crayons and other decorative material (glitter, stickers, felt pieces etc.).
Description: Children create their own designer lunch boxes using letters from their names and gluing decorative materials. Children can draw designs with the crayons.
Comments: The two year olds and three year olds were very curious about what each letter was and by recognizing just one or two letters in their names they knew which one was theirs on the wall.
Materials: Age appropriate recipes, ingredients from recipes and a tablecloth.
Description: First take a tablecloth and cut it into 5X7 inch rectangles. Put two pieces together to form a book and bind it so pages can be added to the middle. On the front, title each cookbook with each of your children's names. Ex. Donna's Cookbook. Then incorporate a cooking activity into your lesson planning. Run off a copy of each recipe for the children to take home and put into their permanent cookbook and to share with their parents.
Comments: I add a cooking activity every other week. The children have so much fun and it makes them feel special to eat something they prepared all by themselves.
"Food For Me"
Materials: Paper plates and crayons.
Description: After a unit on nutrition, we
let each child have a paper plate and they draw a meal that is healthy
and that they like.
Resource Room Related Theme:Cereal Bowl & Container of Milk
in this theme!
Click the Rainbow for The Rainbow Resource Room
Click the Schoolhouse for Activity Central
Search the Preschool Rainbow