Healthy Plate

This month we are learning about health and fitness. This week we learned about good food to eat: dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein.

Today we learned about Proteins. I started the day off by tossing a ball to each child and asking them to share a food that is a protein. I had pictures for them and posters if they needed help. It was interesting to see which students could catch the ball and which ones couldn’t. I also learned that I’m not always the best ball thrower.

After that, the students helped me set the table. We made sure we had plates, spoons, forks, cups, and even bowls. I passed out pictures of pretend food. The students pretended to eat the food.

Then, we talked about what each food might be on our healthy plate. The students took turns placing things on the healthy plate mat to create a meal.

When we were finished, we had snack. For snack time, I thought I would make it real by creating our own healthy plates. We had a small snack from each food group. I was so surprised, but every student ate all of the things on their plate. I thought for sure someone would refuse to eat the carrot… maybe it was peer pressure, but they ate everything and said they liked it.

Next, we played a counting game with beans. The students had to grab a handful of beans, walk on a line and try to drop the beans in the bowls that were on the line. This was a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be because the beans kept bouncing out of the bowls. The most beans someone got in the bowls was 5. I think if I did this activity again, I would use bigger bowls. I had to extend this activity on my own by making the students count up to 20 and counting the beans in their hands.

The last thing we did today was make a fish game. The students loved this game. First, you pick a number. Then, you count that many fish out. Last, you put those fish you counted out onto the fishing hook (or pipe cleaner). They were really excited to take it home and play it with their families. The students did all the prep work for this game. They did all the cutting. They punched out the holes for the fish. They made a hook out of the pipe cleaner. This game helps them practice number recognition, counting, and 1-1 correspondence.

Next week, we are going to learn about kitchen safety, staying healthy, and have a Valentine’s Day party.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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