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March Is
Nutrition Month


March Is
Nutrition Month

Share a simplified version of the food pyramid with children in your class. While the food pyramid is a difficult concept for youngsters, they can understand the important part: The most healthful meals include foods from different food groups.

During Nutrition Month...

  • Plan a month of parties based on the colors of the food guide pyramid. Green foods the first week of the month, red foods the next week, and so on.
  • Give children opportunities to identify different types of foods.
  • Talk about favorite foods and least favorite foods.
  • Describe tastes of various foods.
  • List "taste" words and "food words."
  • Taste-test foods from each of the major groups.
  • Sort and classify foods. (Use real foods or illustrations.)

Note: Before bringing any foods into the classroom, be sure to check in advance for students' allergies and other food restrictions.

For more activity ideas, you might check out the USDA Web site, MyPyramid for Preschoolers or MyPyramid for Kids. In addition, you might find a use for these food pyramid coloring pages.



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Updated: 03/09/2015