Make dinner time a sly educational lesson with a food groups plate! Once your child finishes this nifty art project, she'll have a constant reminder of the different food groups every time she sits down for a meal. Art, food and learning? It's a pretty good combination.
What You Do:
- Let your child study the Healthy Eating worksheet. Talk to her about each food group. Which one is her favorite?
- Study your plate together. Decide together how you will divide it to show the six food groups. One helpful way is to divide it like a pie.
- Help your child use the food-safe porcelain paint markers to draw the dividing lines on the plant.
- Use different colored markers to write in the names of each food group.
- Check the package of porcelain markers to find the temperature the oven should be preset to.
- Preheat the oven.
- Put the plate in the oven. Explain to your child that you're cooking the plate to make sure the ink will stay on.
- While the plate is baking, have your child cut out food pictures from magazines.
- Take the plate out of the oven.
- When the plate cools down, let your child try to put each of her magazine food pictures in the correct food group.
- Correct any of her mistakes and explain why each food belongs in each group.
- At your next meal, challenge your child to separate real food into the different food groups shown on her plate.
To encourage the whole family to eat healthier, make a food groups plate for every one! Who's the best in the family at separating their food into the right food groups?