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The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
From Mrs. J class


MY HEALTHY LUNCH BOX
From Ms. D's room.
Materials: manila file folder, magazines with pictures of food, letter stickers.
Students clip out pictures of healthy food and drink to paste into their lunch boxes. They can decorate the outside with letter stickers to spell their name.


A wig and my storytelling apron. Apron is from Walmart - covered with felt.

There is a wheel behind this picture of the little old lady. The wheel in interchangeable so I can match it to the different stories. In the box at the bottom is the picture of the animal she swallowed and at her mouth is the word.
From: Storytelling Solutions

Another retelling prop made out of a Clorox bottle.

This year we stressed heart health, nutrition and exercise. We graphed healthy and unhealthy food.
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More Nutrition Activities

Strawberries, Bananas, Watermelon Too!
Use this catchy tune to supplement your nutrition studies, or for some plain ol' springtime fun.
(sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
Strawberries, bananas, watermelon too;
 Good for me and good for you!
They are tasty; they are sweet.
All are such a yummy treat.
Strawberries, bananas, watermelon too;
Good for me and good for you!

NUTRITION SONGS
Four Red Cherries...
(This Old Man) Four red cherries on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall.
One, two, three, four-that is all.

On a Picnic We Will Go
(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
On a picnic we will  go.
On a picnic we will go.
Let's fill our basket up (put a basket in the middle of the group).
On a picnic we will go.
(Child's Name) brings a food  item (ex. apple) (Child skips to the basket and puts the food inside)
(Child's Name) brings a .... (Child skips back to group)
Let's fill our basket up.
On a picnic we will go.

Continue these verses until all of the children have had a turn.  When the song is over, take the items out of the
basket. Have the children sort food into groups of healthy and unhealthy choices. I use items from our dramatic play center for this activity. You can also have children bring in empty food containers from home.

FOOD PYRAMID GAME
Submitted by Sally
I do an art activity that becomes a game when I am working on my nutrition unit.  I draw a large Food pyramid on butcher paper and lablel all the sections (the side of any bread bag usually has a picture that is good to copy.  I have the children cut pictures of food out of the weekly grocery circulars then we decide together where to glue them on the pyramid.  Once this is done, we use it for a game.  I gather play food items from the housekeeping center and distribute them during circle time and each child gets to put thier food on the pyramid (which I lay o the floor in the center of circle). If they get stuck as to where it should go we all help decide.

CAPTAIN VEGETABLE
Captain Vegetable
Out of his secret garden somewhere in New Jersey comes your newest favorite
super hero!
It is I, Captain Vegetable
With my carrot, and my celery
Eating crunchy vegetables is good for me
And they're good for you, so eat them too
For teeth so strong, your whole life long
Eat celery and carrots by the bunch
Three cheers for me, Captain Vegetable
Crunch, crunch, crunch!
My name is Andy
I love candy
And I eat it whenever I can
If it's handy
Gimme some candy
It's so good and sweet
The perfect treat
It's such a thrill
To eat my fill
And gobble till there's nothing on the plate
Candy is great, but wait!
Who are you, some kind of bad dream?
Do I look like a bad dream?
It is I, Captain Vegetable
With my carrot, and my celery
Eating crunchy vegetables is good for me
And they're good for you, so eat them too
For teeth so strong, your whole life long
Eat celery and carrots by the bunch
Three cheers for me, Captain Vegetable
Crunch, crunch, crunch!
My name is Eddie
I love spaghetti
So I eat it whenever I can
If it's ready
Gimme spaghetti
It's a lovely thing
It looks like string
It's such a thrill
To eat my fill
And gobble till there's nothing on the plate
Spaghetti is great, but wait!
What are you? Are you some kind of weirdo?
Do I look like a weirdo?
It is I, your newest super hero
It is I, Captain Vegetable
With my carrot, and my celery
Eating crunchy vegetables is good for me
And they're good for you, so eat them too
For teeth so strong, your whole life long
Eat celery and carrots by the bunch
Three cheers for me, Captain Vegetable
Gee, Captain Vegetable this is the best thing to come around since meatballs!
Three cheers for Captain Vegetable!
Three cheers for me Captain Vegetable
Crunch crunch crunch!

EVERYBODY EATS
Everybody Eats
Everybody eats, everybody eats
Meat and fish and cereal
Carrots, peas and beets
Everybody knows
That everyone he meets
Likes to eat
How do we know it's so?
'Cause everybody, everybody eats
There are people who eat sitting
There are some who like to stand
There are people who go out-of-doors
And picnic on the land
There are folks who use their fingers
Others use a fork and knife
But no matter how you do it
Don't you know it's so?
Eating's part of everybody's life
Everybody eats, everybody eats
Meat and fish and cereal
Carrots, peas and beets
Everybody knows
That everyone he meets
Likes to eat
How do we know it's so?
'Cause everybody, everybody eats
Everybody, everybody eats

Nutrition songs
Submitted by Peg
Here is a song to the tune of "Clementine" You can make flannelboard (magnet board props) of various fruits and vegetables
to use as you sing the song...provide time for the children help you come up with ideas for new fruits and vegetables of a
particular color...like for green use beans, watermelon, peas, and lettuce....for orange use peaches, oranges and carrots....then sing away
Growing in a field
On the farm is a row of yellow corn
Yellow corn
Yellow corn
Yummy vegetable to eat.
Make up additional verses:
Growing in a field
On the farm is a (row or bush or tree) of (color) (fruit/veggie)
(color) (fruit/veggie) .
(color) (fruit/veggie) .
Yummy (label as fruit or vegetable) to eat.

Tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Have available a bingo type game board for each child which has pictures of various colors of fruits/veggies...give them squares to cover up the fruit/veggie that you sing about in this song. (The "Fruit Bingo Game" board may be a good board to use with this song...)

If you see an orange pumpkin, cover it now.
If you see an orange pumpkin, cover it now.
If you see an orange pumpkin,
If you see an orange pumpkin,
If you see an orange pumpkin, cover it now.

Make up additional verses for each fruit or veggie on your board.

The Blueberry Bush (Sung to the tune The Mulberry Bush)
Here we go round the blueberry bush,
The blueberry bush, the blueberry bush.
Here we go round the blueberry bush,
So early in the morning.

Pick the blueberries small and round,
Small and round, small and round.
Pick the blueberries small and round,
So early in the morning.
(Taste the blueberries, ripe and sweet.)

I'm A Big Red Tomato
I'm a big red tomato
Growing on a vine,
A big red tomato
Looking oh, so fine.
Now you can make good things with me-
Soup, juice, pizza, to name just three.
I'm a big red tomato
Growing on a vine.
Grow, grow, grow.
Lemon yellow- make lemonade. Show them how you can squeeze fresh lemons to make your own juice.

Oscar the Grouch Nutrition Story
Submitted by Susi
Begin this story with a big mixing bowl and spoon in front of you. Beforehand, take 5 lunch sacks and write "stones" on one, "toad eyes" on one, "dried bones", "worm pieces" on one and monster noses on one. Put peanuts in the bag with stones, cheerios in the bag with toad eyes, raisin in the bag with worm pieces, pretzels in the bag of dried bones, M&M's for the monster noses. If you don't want your kids to have candies, or if you want to add another ingredient, you can substitute or add "dead fish" (fish crackers). Serve the trash in flat bottom cones (trash cans). The children can eat these so there is no mess to clean up!
The story goes as follows:
Oscar the Grouch is a good friend of mine. Do you know who he is? Well, he LOVES to eat trash, and he has a wonderful recipe for trash that he shared with me. Would you like to help me make Oscar's trash?
First, Oscar says you must get some stones to put in your trash. I went out in my backyard and picked up all these stones. Who wants to put them in the bowl? (let one child dump the bag of peanuts in the bowl) Next Oscar says you have to add worm pieces. Yuk! That doesn't sound too good to me, but Oscar says that they are delicious. So I went down to my garden and dug up some worms and chopped them into little pieces. Who would like to put them in our bowl? (pick another child to dump in the raisins)
The third ingredient Oscar told me to add was dreid bones so I went to the graveyard and dug up some old bones. I took them home and toasted them in the oven to make them taste a little better. Who will add the bones to our trash? (choose another child to add the pretzel sticks)
Oscar also said we need some toad eyes. I had to go to the swamp and catch a bunch of toads and take their eyes. Here they are in this bag. Who wants to put them in? (have a child add the cheerios)
The last thing we need is very special - monster noses! Wow, did I have a hard time catching all those monsters and talking them into giving me their noses for this trash! I need one more helper to add them to our recipe. (let someone add the M&M's
Oscar said in order for the trash to be very tasty, everyone in the room must stir it up and say a magic word. (go around the room and let every child stir it with the spoon and say a magic word)
Now for the best part, we all get to eat the trash! (serve the trash in the ice cream cones)

STONE SOUP ACTIVITY
Submitted by Margie
Read the story...Stone Soup.  Talk about the different vegetables you could add to a soup.
Make a list of what each child would like to contribute to a "classroom soup".  Send home notes to the parents to have them bring their vegetable in on Soup day.  You provide the stones...use chicken/beef boullion to toss in the soup.Have children wash, cut up, etc., the vegetables and simmer soup from morning until snack time.
CLASSIFICATION GAME: "Vegetable, Fruit or both"
Label 3 medium boxes (Or grocery bags folded down)on the sides...the 1st "VEGETABLES", 2nd "FRUIT" and 3rd bag "BOTH".  Using the classroom plastic vegs. or vegs. cut out from magazines/newspapers...classify them.
VARIATION:  Turn the bags around so that the opposite sides are labeled:  "VINE", "TREE", "UNDERGROUND".
Now play the same game, classifying which grow on a vine, tree and underground.

HEALTHY IDEAS
Submitted by Teri
This month we are talking about health and safety.  I traced each child body on a large sheet of paper.  Then I cut it out.  The next day the children colored their shoes and pants.  I prepared a T-Shirt cutout for the children.  The next day they decorated their t-shirt.  I then glued it onto their body shape only at the shoulders so that the shirt could be raised.  The next day we added the facial features.  We used pearly ribbon pieces for the teeth and colored the eyes, etc.  The next day we added hair.  We used construction paper strips.  Now we are discussing the thing we have inside our bodies such as hearts, lungs, stomachs, brains, etc. After we discuss each the kids add that part to their body.  They lift the shirt and glue it under it.  The kids are really enjoying this activity and they are learning so much.

NUTRITION UNIT
Submitted by Donna
How about a luncheon or a dinner with each student bringing in an item from the chart on the food pyramid to create a meal, in which they could invite parents, siblings, and/or other relatives and friends? Perhaps a nutritionist could visit,and give a talk about "What foods we eat to stay healthy and why?" Afterwards, maybe you could conduct a class discussion on what their favorite (healthy) snack is, (put answers on large white paper). For a math activity, their favorite healthy foods could be graphed on a map, followed by class discussion. To introduce the lesson, perhaps an age appropriate story can be read where the main character(s) focus on eating healthier and/or getting into shape. For an art activity,they could also draw a picture of  their favorite (healthy) snacks.
Also, You could have the children sort various depictions of various food items.and have them categorize the items with the corresponding categories on the food pyramid. You could do this using either a felt board or a laminated game, with laminated food pictures for them to sort. This could possibly go in the play center, or if you read a book on nutrition,you could also have the children retell the story using a felt board as well.

Healthy Living
Submitted by Maria
I am doing a unit on Healthy Living and we play a "game" where I call out the name of a food item or activity, (ie.  apple, candy, riding a bike, chicken, watching tv for too long...) and the children answer with an enthusiastic "healthy" or a sad "not healthy"    It seems rather simple but they really enjoy it and have asked to play again and again since I first introduced it.  Now they get to take turns calling out the food or activity for the others to decide upon and their growing knowledge of healthy foods and activities is showing!  I also made different colors of playdough and the children have enjoyed making "healthy foods" for many days now.

NUTRITION
Submitted by Jen
We cut (older kids can do that themselves) pictures from magazines of healthy food and junk foods. We laminated the pieces. We drew 2 head and body shapes on poster board. On one we wrote "good for me everyday" and on the other "not good for me to eat everyday" . We let the kids stick the laminated pieces on to the appropriate body (stomache) and we discussed why the foods would be good or not good for us to eat everyday.
the kids did a really good job with this.
i hope my instructions were not too confusing. Sometimes the easiest of ideas are the hardest to explain! lol

PRETZEL THEME
After making the pretzel dough with the students, I give each student the same number of small dough strips, as there are letters in their names eg. Patrick would get 7 strips, Holly would get 5 strips, and so on.  Have them each make the letters in their names.  Have the students then sprinkle their names with which ever seasoning they choose from the seasonings that you've provided.  Bake. At snack time, have the students spell their names with the pretzel letters.

During the winter season, I have purchased pine tree (Christmas tree) shaped pretzels.  The students draw or paint a winter scene and glue the tree shaped pretzels on the paper.  Then depending on the ability of the students either have them dictate or write a sentence or story about
their picture.

PRETZEL MATH
For preKer's- here's a good math manipulative.  Give each child a handful (or so) of stick pretzels and challenge them to create as many geometric shapes and/or patterns as they can.  Then, they can either eat them or glue them to construction paper.  I'm sure they would opt to eat them!!!

For preKer's and older toddlers-  Let childrent string mini-twist pretzles on yarn and, for the older kids have them count them (help the toddlers count).  When done, tie off the string for a good on-the-go snack.

Cooking experience-  Make your own or use refrigerated doug to make "home made pretzels" (I use pizza dough).  Cut the raw dough
into strips and Let kids fashion their own pretel shapes.  Provide a variety of dipping sauces - cheese, pizza sauce, peanut butter vegetable dips or even apple butter or apple sauce.

 

 

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