The following activities were inspired by Lesson 12 in About Me.
Two great manipulatives for teaching food groups:
Project #1: Classic Wooden Block
Creating decorative wood blocks is really fun, and the six-sidedness of the block (found at craft stores) has tons of educational potential. You can learn how to make decorative blocks at marthastewart.com.
Our abbreviated instructions:
1. Download free clip art of food, scale them to the right size, and print them onto cardstock.
2. Cut a square around each food and glue onto the blocks with Modge Podge.
3. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge on all sides to create a smooth and protective finish (Modge Podge is non-toxic).
Why we like it:
- A block can hold six different foods, and each block can represent a specific food group.
- Children will become familiar with which foods belong together in a group.
- Children can line up or stack up the blocks to create a balanced meal. You can even have your child create the menu for tonight’s dinner!
Project #2: Mega-block Meals
|This time we used stickers (from our About Me activity book) and mega blocks. This project was a lot less time consuming than the first.
Why we like it: It has the same educational uses as the first project. Some differences are that mega blocks will hold together, but you can only fit four foods onto a block instead of six.
These crafts go great with Lesson 12 in About Me!