Healthy eating activities for preschool can have an impact on the foods your children are willing to eat. Three of my kids love fruits and veggies more than junk food and the fourth loves meat. A healthy eating theme in preschool provides fun activities to give kids exposure to fruits and veggies to learn the names, nutrition information, and hopefully teach children good eating habits even in picky eaters. This Food Games and Activities Free Printables for Preschoolers includes a ton of free nutrition activities for preschoolers.

– Life Over C's food theme preschool activities printable food activities

Recommended Grade Level:

PreK Pack Food Game and Activities Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter
  • Clothespins
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Paperclip/Fastener (spinner)
  • Small Buttons/Manipulatives

Learning With a Nutrition Theme in Preschool

FOOD THEMED ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL

PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT NUTRITION AND FRUIT AND VEGETABLE ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL GIVE CHILDREN IMPORTANT BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON HOW TO FUEL OUR BODIES.

There’s no question kids are often bombarded with candy, ice cream, cupcakes and sweet treats from every direction. Learning about healthy foods and nutrition gives children the understanding that feeding the body proper nutrition comes in other forms.

Whether you head to the farmer’s market, or visit the produce aisle at the grocery store, bring your kids with to see, touch, smell and taste the different fruits and vegetables.

This pack of fruit and vegetable preschool activities offers great hands-on learning of important skills with colorful food pictures to teach vocabulary, food groups, growing cycles, and more.

In addition to learning about food and flavors, the preschool theme encourages additional questions for thought:

  • Where do different fruits grow?
  • Which vegetables hide underground until they are ripe?
  • What kind of fruit grows on a tree/vine/bush?
  • What vitamins are found in apples/broccoli/carrots/onion/etc.?
– Life Over C's It's fun to learn about healthy foods with these free printables for preschoolers! Lots of fruits and veggies!

What Can Preschoolers Learn With Food Themed Activities?

FOOD GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL

GAMES, ACTIVITIES, AND HEALTHY EATING BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL ARE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO ENGAGE YOUNG LEARNERS WHILE TEACHING IMPORTANT LIFE-LONG CONCEPTS.

The food themed games included in the PreK pack cover a variety of skills:

  • Visual discrimination
  • Counting
  • Matching
  • Vocabulary
  • Colors
– Life Over C's veggie spin and cover

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Nutrition?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the importance of good nutrition from an early age sets the stage for a healthy child, adolescent, and adult.

Background Knowledge: Learning about fruits and vegetables provides valuable background knowledge about food groups, healthy choices, and their importance within a balanced diet.

Good Habits: Promoting good choices early in a child’s development ensures they will grow, develop and mature in the most healthy ways possible.

Connect with Nature: The more children know and understand about the natural world, the more they will connect with and understand natural surroundings. Knowing food comes from a vegetable garden vs. the truck outside the grocery store is key!

Make Connections: Food is an everyday part of a preschooler’s life since birth. This makes it a really natural theme for kids to connect to where they already have background to connect do and attach learned vocabulary and ideas.

PreK Food Games and Activities Pack

Food Color Matching Clip Cards

Work on fine-motor skills by attaching a clothespin to the clip card on the color that matches the food shown on the card.

– Life Over C's It's fun to learn about healthy foods with these free printables for preschoolers! Lots of fruits and veggies!

Fruit & Veggies Memory

Print on scrapbook paper so that the cards are not see-through. 

To play: To play Memory, turn over two cards at the same time. If they match, you get to keep them and turn over another set of healthy food cards to try again.

If they don’t match, you turn them back over and it becomes the next person’s turn. Play continues until the food cards have all been matched.

– Life Over C's fruit and veggies memory

Counting Clip Cards

To play, children count the fruits/veggies, identify the correct numeral, and clip it. Create self-checking cards by placing a light dot on the back of the correct number.

– Life Over C's counting fruit and veggies

Three-Piece Puzzles

Practice counting to 3 with these super simple puzzles.

– Life Over C's fruit puzzle

Fruit and Vegetable Spin & Cover

Create a spinner with the brad and the paper clip. Then use pom poms, buttons or other game markers to mark the different fruits and vegetables as they are spun.

– Life Over C's veggie spin and cover

Extend the Activity

Sensory Bin

Create a fruit and vegetable/garden sensory bin! Use real dirt, rice, plastic fruit and veggies, seeds, or other food-related items and let kids explore.

Have a Snack

Edible fruit and vegetable art possibilities are endless! From Mr. Potato Head (for real) to fruit skewers, kids LOVE creating with food before gobbling it up!

Play a Game

Continue learning about food with a fun board game designed to engage and teach more about all the different types of food and food groups.

– Life Over C's food theme preschool activities printable food activities
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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4 Comments

  1. Muchas gracias, los materiales son hermosos y muy útiles. Saludos desde Costa Rica

    Thank you very much, the materials are beautiful and very useful. Greetings from Costa Rica

  2. Thank you for sharing! I’m looking forward to letting my little granddaughter play with them.
    Kind greetings
    elenor

  3. Giving healthy and nutritious food for children is always a big YES. By giving and serving a healthy delicious meal on the table you know that thy are getting the right food and nutrients that they need.