I wanted to start teaching my children about why we should eat a variety of healthy foods and have treat only on occassion. The food pyramid is a bit abstract to teach young children, but I thought I'd take a stab at it. We are going to focus on different groups in the next couple of weeks. That should be less abstract since they will be able to see the different foods.
Put blank pyramid up and explain that it is like a triangle (has three sides and corners)
Explain that we have a food pyramid to help us know how much of different kinds of foods to eat.
Put up Food Pyramid (for children) and point out that each color represents different kinds of foods (name each color and food)
Using a Large Pyramid and different pictures of various foods have child pick a food and help them decide which group it belongs in
Have child do something active (run around, jump)
We need food to live and to grow. The foods that are good for our body we need a lot of because they are going to help us have more energy so we can do fun things like run and jump without getting tired as fast.
Do a food pyramid memory game
Color food pyramid (number code each section with the right color)