As we go into 2021, TNL want to help encourage all Early Years practitioners to value and promote their own physical and mental good health, the health of the children they care for, and to inspire good habits early and start the year right!
While everyone knows we should be having our five-a-day, as adults we can easily forget to follow through by actually doing it! Help encourage these healthy-eating habits in your Early Years setting with this fun foodie activity. This plan is best suited for individuals or groups of 2-8.
Please note: if your group includes ‘fussy eaters’, this activity may not be up their street. However it is up to them if they want to try!
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:
As well as fruits and vegetables of various colours, for example:
Depending on the age of the children, you can discuss their favourite and least-favourite foods. Ask them why they think it is important to have a varied diet. Explain that different foods have different nutrients in them that help our bodies grow and stay healthy.
Place the tray in front of the children and remove the towel. Show each piece of fruit and veg and ask the children if they know what it is and if they have eaten it before.
One by one you can go through the colours and see if the children are curious to taste the fruit/vegetables. It’s up to the children to pick which colour to try or not. Ask them about what they like and dislike about the foods, including smell and texture, as well as taste.
Help the children understand that, even if they end up not liking the taste, it’s a good idea to try new foods and eat fruit and veg regularly as they can help them stay strong and healthy.
Finish the activity by asking the children to pick 3-5 pieces of fruit or veg to put on their plates to eat. Some may want more so they have their own rainbow on their plate!
Physical Development: Health and self-care: “Grasps finger foods and brings them to mouth.”
Physical Development: Health and self-care: “Develops own likes and dislikes in food and drink.; Willing to try new food textures and tastes.”
Physical Development: Health and self-care: “Feeds self competently with spoon.”
Physical Development: Health and self-care; “Eats a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands need for variety in food.; Shows some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.”