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Food Groups Activity Ideas

Breakfast Beginnings

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Learn about the grain and dairy food groups with this week’s activities:

Project #1 – Yogurt for You

Making yogurt is pretty easy – all it requires is some time. You need just three things: 1/2 gallon of whole milk, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (with active cultures) and a cooking thermometer.

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We followed a recipe found on the kitchn, and we suggest you do the same for more detailed instructions.

First, heat up the milk to just before boiling in a heavy pot. Take turns stirring constantly. This changes the protein structure of the milk.

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Cool the milk to warm. In a separate bowl, whisk one cup of the warm milk with 1/2 cup of yogurt. The yogurt contains bacteria needed to make your milk nice and thick.

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Pour this mixture back into the pot. Put a lid on the pot and keep it warm for 4 hours. We left ours in an oven with the light on.

After 4 hours, your yogurt should have thickened with some clumps. Stir, then cool in the refrigerator.

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Why We Like It: This is an easy, healthy activity in which your kids can actually witness the transformation of milk into a much-loved dairy product. Add flavors and toppings!

 

Project #2 – Grains for Brains

While you wait for the yogurt to set up, work on this fun craft:

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Breakfast cereals come in so many colors and shapes that it’s hard to tell what they’re made of. This activity will help children understand what it is they’re eating for breakfast.

You will need:

  1. Grains to Cereal worksheet  (found here under “Support Materials”) – print this out on card stock
  2. White card stock
  3. School glue
  4. Markers
  5. Rice
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Wheat kernels – found in most bulk sections of the supermarket
  8. Popcorn kernels
  9. Rice cereal
  10. Oat cereal
  11. Wheat cereal
  12. Corn cereal
  13. 8 small bowls

Grains are seeds that come from grass plants.

corn plant

corn plant

wheat plant

wheat plant

rice plant

rice plant

oat plant

oat plant

Present your child with bowls of grains and cereals and see if he can match which comes from which.

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Next, have your child draw a generic grass stalk in each large rectangle on the worksheet:

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Grain seeds are picked and processed (usually ground) before they are made into foods. Your child can glue the different types of seeds on each stalk:

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He can now glue the corresponding cereal into the bowls directly beneath. (He might have fun coloring the bowls, too):

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Why We Like It: Because they are using actual seeds and foods, kids will understand what cereals are made of.  They have fun feeling the different grains and sneaking bits of cereal here and there! Take the opportunity to teach them how grains are processed while they complete the craft. This activity can also be modified to include breads and/or crackers.

Check out the activities and worksheets about grains in our first workbook, About Me. Have fun!

 

 

Food Group Blocks

The following activities were inspired by Lesson 12 in About Me

About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Give your child a head start on her understanding of the human body and the world around her!

Two great manipulatives for teaching food groups:

The Project: Classic Wooden Block

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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).

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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. Also, 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

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A variation of project #1 – 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!
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