Here are some ideas for you to use in preparing preschool lesson plans for health. Teaching about food and nutrition with your preschoolers is so important. These are lifelong lessons that they can use and we need to start early in discussing ways to eat healthy and to stay healthy.
I love when my students bring in a new or exotic food that my other students may not know about. The other children have the typical reactions such as "what is that" , "yuck" because it is different and unfamiliar, wide-eyed, etc. I make it a point to try and bring in or make new snacks with them at least a couple of times a month.
Here are a couple of lesson ideas for you to try.
How Do I Eat This?
Show a type of food and talk to your class about how you eat that food. Do you have to cut it? Can you eat the entire food or are there parts that don’t get eaten? If everyone in the class wanted a piece, how many pieces would we need? What type of food is this? Is it good for you? Can you think of other types of food like this that are eaten the same way?
Let your students know that some foods can be dangerous if you do not use them properly. There are certain sicknesses they can get if they do not clean up properly when they are finished cooking. Ask students what are some good ways to clean up when they are finished cooking. Brainstorm about washing dishes, wiping off the countertop, keeping cold foods in the refrigerator, using different cutting boards, making the oven or stove hot enough, etc.
Give these a try and expand their food awareness!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008