Age: toddler, child
Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder
Introduce the five food groups and healthy eating by creating cool Pyramid People!
CAUTION: Adult supervision is always recommended when creating these crafts. Please note that there may be small parts for some of the crafts that could be a choking hazard for children under three years of age and/or tools needing close adult supervision. Created crafts may not be intended for use as toys and these should only be used with adult supervision by children under three years of age.
The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children is a helpful and fun tool for parents to use to introduce proper nutrition and the foods that should be included in a healthy, well-rounded diet. Explaining nutrition – or anything for that matter – to a preschooler can be a challenge. But introduce it with colourful images and a side of fun, and watch what happens. In this activity, your child can make a picture of a person with the food pyramid built right into it – then fill in food choices right on the picture.
- Construction paper
- Blunt scissors
- Crayons or markers
What You Do:
Help your child cut a large pyramid (triangle) body out of white construction paper. Next, cut out a head (circle) for the top of the pyramid. Help your child trace his hands and feet and cut them out. Glue the head, hands and feet to the pyramid body.
Give your child crayons or markers, and let him draw a face and add features to the head, hands and feet. Now comes the fun part! First, help your child draw lines to represent the sections on the Food Pyramid. Let him draw foods he enjoys eating in the appropriate sections. When he’s done, discuss the different foods he drew, then hang the creation on the refrigerator to remind him – and you – to make healthy food choices.