Preschool Nutrition and Health Theme

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Learning about nutrition and ways to keep healthy can begin young. Preschoolers who learn what nutritional food is and ways to keep their bodies healthy, will gain the foundations for making healthy choices later on. The lessons on healthy bodies can be incorporated throughout an early childhood curriculum over the school year as well as discussed in a specific preschool lesson plan. The theme outline has many sub categories, such as dental care, grocery store, safety. Providing young children the tools and information on how to develop self help skills in health, safety and nutrition is a crucial component of early childhood education.

Talking About Healthy Choices at Preschool Group Circle

Start a preschool lesson plan on health and nutrition at circle time by asking the children the question: "What can we do to keep our bodies healthy?" Record the children's answers onto a sheet of paper and post for the parents to view. The children's answers will begin the educating process. End the discussion with the following song, sung to the tune of Mulberry Bush. In addition, this song works well if actions are added:


This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands

This is the way we wash our hands, to keep our bodies healthy.

This is the way we eat good food, eat good food, eat good food

This is the way we eat good food to keep our bodies healthy.

This is the way we brush our teeth...

This is the way we exercise...

This is the way we cover our sneeze...

Other versus can easily be added to this song outline, particularly if some great answers were provided by the children.


Preschool Arts and Crafts about Healthy Eating

There are so many different arts and craft projects for a preschool lesson plan on health and nutrition. Here are several ideas:



Carrot person: the teacher will prepare this project by cutting out the shape of a carrot with four holes, two for arms and two for legs with a hole puncher. The green top of the carrot will have lines drawn on it (optional) for the children to cut. Prepare the arms and legs by cutting pipe cleaner the appropriate length. The children will have to glue the green top to the carrot and cut lines to make the frills. Then the pipe cleaners have to go through the holes to make the arms and legs. This process is a little tricky for the children and helps develop fine motor skills. End the carrot person with some googly eyes and a smile.



Healthy plates: the teacher will prep this project by cutting out pictures of healthy food, or depending on the size of the class and the age of the children, this step can be done by the preschoolers themselves. The healthy food will then be glued onto a paper plate.



Fruit bowls: the teacher will prepare this project by providing each child with a sheet of black construction paper with half a Styrofoam bowl glued near the bottom of the page. Then the children will be given tracers of fruit. The tracers can be found from a variety of spots, such as made out of yogurt lids or from play dough cutters. Pieces of small color construction paper will be available to the children matching the fruit tracers. The children will trace out the fruit and then cut out the pieces of fruit to glue into their bowl. The tracers can be apples, oranges, bananas, pears and grapes. This project makes a wonderful three-dimensional art piece.



Still life painting: gather a bowl of fruit and place on a table for children to draw with a pencil and then paint as they view it. This project works well when discussing art history with young children.

Preschool Suggested Books on Health and Nutrition

There are many books that can be included in the library when the group of children are learning about healthy eating tips and good nutrition habits. Here are some favourites:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle [Philomel Books, 1994]

•Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat [Scholastic Publishing, 2009]

•Good Enough To Eat: A Kids Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell [Program and Genres, 1999]

Health and nutrition is a big topic for any early childhood curriculum. The lesson plan can be extended to many related categories, such as dental care, safety, caring and sharing, five senses and many more.The examples are plentiful. Preschoolers are just beginning to learn about their bodies and environments and it is an early childhood educators responsibility to guide them along a healthy path.



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