“Eeeh!” our students exclaim when asked if they eat three meals per day. With embarrassed giggling, they explain that their families struggle to find food for one meal per day. That ‘meal’ usually consists of limited variety. We are indeed sad for them that they face such challenges, but we inspire them to learn more. Today’s class is really full of wonders. We present the concept of food groups to the children; grains, vegetables, fruits, milk & dairy products, meat, and oils. And that by incorporating them into our daily diet as best as we can we will be eating a variety of foods and will be healthier.
Laminated food cards are distributed to the children who examine them and pass around to their friends.
“Vegetable, karoti, carrot.” Julienne says aloud while showing her food card to the rest of the class.
Once our students study the food cards, understand what food group it belongs to, and presents it to the rest of the class Innocent helps them stick it on our nutrition mat under the correct food group.
Next we jump to the art activity by reminding our students about a past activity of decorating envelopes with abstract design cut-outs. But for this activity we will cut out recognizable objects… more specifically, food! Tables and desks are divided into six groups representing the food groups. In the middle of each group on top of a drawing board is a still life of food. Children get busy with scissors, paper plates, markers, construction paper, and glitter paint.
Students have fun cutting out samples of food using construction paper.
Eric and Innocent help out the ‘meat, poultry, dried beans, fish and nuts’ group with their art activity.
Finally, kids come out with nice designs that they are proud of.
This child presents his ‘vegetable food group’ artwork after a fun and involved activity which was full of giggles, smiles, and laughter of happiness.