Food Groups Plate

What You Need:

  • White plate
  • Food-safe porcelain paint markers
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Oven
  • Healthy Eating worksheet

What You Do:

  1. Let your child study the Healthy Eating worksheet. Talk to her about each food group. Which one is her favorite?
  2. 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.
  3. Help your child use the food-safe porcelain paint markers to draw the dividing lines on the plant.
  4. Use different colored markers to write in the names of each food group.
  5. Check the package of porcelain markers to find the temperature the oven should be preset to.
  6. Preheat the oven.
  7. Put the plate in the oven. Explain to your child that you're cooking the plate to make sure the ink will stay on.
  8. While the plate is baking, have your child cut out food pictures from magazines.
  9. Take the plate out of the oven.
  10. When the plate cools down, let your child try to put each of her magazine food pictures in the correct food group.
  11. Correct any of her mistakes and explain why each food belongs in each group.
  12. 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?

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