Friday, April 24, 2009

Preschool Activities on Nutrition - Very Hungry Caterpillar

Preschool nutrition is a topic all parents, preschool teachers, caregivers, etc are concerned about. I love to do preschool activities on nutrition by tying it into what we have read or done on a particular day or lesson.

A favorite book is the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It is filled with lovely colorful illustrations and simple, reassuringly repetitive prose. The book follows a caterpillar that eats and eats his way through the week, with holes appearing in the thick pages as he steadily munches.
Try the idea below; it can be used at circle time, snack time, lunch time...whatever fits best for your schedule.

Healthy Eating with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Use the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to talk to the children about healthy and unhealthy food.
Ask what happened to the caterpillar when he ate the healthy food versus the unhealthy food, and see if anyone has experienced the same thing themselves.
Teach the children to make healthy food choices more often, like strawberries, plums, oranges, or apples, instead of cakes, cookies, and chocolate.

For Reasoning Skills- based on today’s story, they learned that caterpillars like to eat leaves. Ask the children what they think insects eat, and if there are any creatures they can think of that eat insects.


P.S. If you like these ideas be sure to check out my Preschool Lesson Plans:

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