Food Groups: Early Learning Activities


Cut and Paste Activity for Food Pyramid

When my children were younger, we studied the food pyramid with the different food groups. We cut out pictures from magazines, and we rolled out some butcher paper on the floor. I labeled each section with a different food group, and the kids glued each food picture under the correct heading. By the end of the project, each of the children knew the categories.

Categories of the Food Pyramid

  • Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group
  • Fruit Group
  • Vegetable Group
  • Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group
  • Meat, Poultry, and Fish Group
  • Fats, Oils, and Sweets

Here is an old fashioned chart of the food pyramid:

Here is an updated food pyramid:

Alternate Hands-on Activity for Food Pyramid

You can do the same thing with cardboard boxes and plastic food. Label each box with different categories from the food pyramid, and the kids can place the plastic foods into each box as a sorting activity.

Retention of Food Pyramid Information

For the next few days, the children would mention the food categories. For example, they would say, “Cucumber is a vegetable, isn’t it?” as we were eating our food. They had a much better awareness of what they were eating.

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