Establishing healthy habits at a young age is important. Food activities for preschoolers help teach the importance of limiting junk food while eating a variety of other healthy food. With all of the food choices today, and many of them marketed directly to kids, teaching children about healthy foods is NOT easy! This free food trackers is a super fun way to teach the food pyramid in preschool, when to have treats, and how to keep it all in balance. It provides daily reminders on healthy eating and shows exactly what goes on your kids’ healthy eating plates!

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Daily Food Tracker Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Dry Erase Marker

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Healthy Habits Activities for Preschool

PRESCHOOL FOOD ACTIVITIES

FUN FOOD ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL PROVIDE A WEALTH OF BACKGROUND INFORMATION. IT HELPS KIDS UNDERSTAND WHY IT’S NOT HEALTHY TO EAT CANDY FOR EVERY MEAL!

Let’s be honest, if it were up to kids, they would probably eat a plate full of their favorite cookies, snacks, or candy for every meal.

It’s up to parents and caregivers to teach kids about how the body needs vitamins and minerals to thrive. Easy games and food activities for preschool, paired with cooking activities and food themed conversations help children understand.

This free printable food tracker helps children easily see what types of foods they are consuming, where they might want to cut back, and what they are lacking in their diet.

In addition to learning about the food groups, you can extend the conversation with your kids as you pack lunch boxes, make dinner, or see them reach for that third glass of milk, yogurt or fourth peanut butter sandwich:

  • Why is it important to eat dairy products?
  • What is your favorite vegetable? How does it help your body?
  • How many colors are on your plate?
  • What does ‘processed food’ mean?
  • What food group is your favorite?

What Do Easy Food Activities For Preschool Teach?

HEALTHY BODIES PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES

PRINTABLE HEALTHY FOOD ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL TEACH THEM ABOUT MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES IN FUN WAYS.

The healthy food tracker can be used as a starting point to learn about body parts, or other preschool themes like animals. As usual, it is also a great opportunity to introduce and practice new vocabulary:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Food Groups?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Healthy food worksheets for preschool help them understand that the type of fuel we choose for our bodies makes an impact on overall health.

Healthy Habits

The sooner kids learn about establishing healthy eating patterns the more likely they will stick with those same habits throughout life.

Connect with Nature

The more children know and understand about where food comes from in the natural world, the more they will connect and understand to natural surroundings.

Understand Nutrition

It’s easy to think that satisfying hunger is the primary goal of eating. Kids must learn that the food choices they make are providing the body with essential nutrients, which makes an impact on overall health and wellness.

Make Connections

When kids learn about making healthy food choices, they can relate it to other areas of life, like exercise, stress reduction, coping skills, and healthy friendships.

How to Make The Daily Food Tracker

Step One:

To use the food tracker, print it out and laminate it.

Step Two:

After each meal, have your child put a checkmark in the boxes for the kinds of foods that were eaten. You can also have them take a look before they eat to see what they need to catch up on (like fruits and veggies) or need to eat less of (like grains).

I also included a box to track daily vitamins.

Because my five-year-old has Rett Syndrome, it is very difficult to get her to eat a well-rounded diet. She will not eat any fruits and is limited on her dairy and veggies as well.

Dramatic Play

Implement healthy food role playing during dramatic play with a set of plastic/wooden food, a play kitchen, or even just using other action figures or dolls you have on hand.

Have a Snack

Making healthy snacks are the perfect way to learn about healthy eating! Spread cream cheese on a bagel and make animal faces with fruit or veggies.

Play a Game

Continue learning about food groups and healthy eating with a fun board game designed to engage and teach food choices.

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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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