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Thomas Eats Only Peas

Use this poem as a fun introduction to the importance of eating a healthful and balanced diet. (Reassure children that their feet will not turn green from eating too many peas!) After discussing the various food groups, help children understand that they should choose foods from each group in order to stay strong and well. Be sure children are aware that foods from the sweets and fats group should be chosen only once in awhile.

Thomas only eats peas
Do you wonder why?
He never seems to give
Other foods a try.

"Thomas," says his mother,
"Try some other foods!"
Thomas frowns and then
Gets in a sour mood.

Peas for every meal!
Peas are all he eats.
Until one day he sees
He's got bright green feet!


Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing poems for young children. She especially enjoys writing rhymes that make children smile. Susan lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy. She has written fun rhymes to fit many themes. Visit her archive of rhymes for early childhood classrooms.

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