Preschool teachers should discuss the benefits of a healthy diet and how it can help make bodies strong and healthy. Classroom activities about nutrition that are appropriate for preschoolers include discussing their food choices, learning about food choices, trying new foods and playing supermarket. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that nutrition education be offered to preschoolers two to five times per year.
If preschool children are shown the ChooseMyPlate recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they can draw the information they learn on paper plates. This information can be re-enforced by various classroom activities throughout the day, beginning with circle time, where each child can tell the rest of the class what he had for breakfast in the morning and what he ate for dinner the night before.
Other nutrition-related activities for preschoolers include sorting food into piles of healthy and unhealthy choices. Pictures of fruits and vegetables can be sorted by color or nutritional value, introducing pictures of healthy fruits and vegetables not commonly eaten. Children can also be offered a variety of new fruits and vegetables and can vote on which they like the best, with the results tallied on poster board. Each child also can bring from home a favorite fruit, which the children can use as a class to make a big bowl of fruit salad to eat for their snack.
Teachers can read books about nutrition and about how plants and vegetables are grown and harvested. Preschoolers can also play supermarket, with each child picking out healthy products to put in the cart.