Age Group: 3 & 4-year-old.
Theme/Topic: Changing My World, Changing Me!
Curriculum Area: Science and Discovery
Name of Activity: Eat Betta Nah!
Previous Knowledge: Children are familiar with Snacking and Fruits and Vegetables
Materials: Cut-outs of health and unhealthy foods from newspapers or magazine, glue, paper plate (this could be made from cardboard as well)
Strands: Effective Communication, Intellectual Empowerment, Citizenship and Aesthetic Expression
Children will be given opportunities to:
Develop awareness of body changes from food they eat. Their intellect will further emerge as they discuss what types of foods that change can their body from being healthy (good) to being unhealthy (bad)
Show responsibility for how they care for their bodies and show appreciation for essential workers like the doctor, nurses, farmers who care for their health and provide them with health foods
Develop their fine muscles strength as well as hand-eye coordination as they engage in sticking healthy foods in a plate. Development of gross motor skill in exercising: Running on the spot; balance on one leg; do sets of 5 Jumping Jacks, bending.
Step 1: Begin by asking children: Why do we eat? Allow children to respond so as to develop their t communication skills. Next, sing the fruit salad song to the tune of Feris Jacques:
Pineapples, pineapples, banana, banana,
oranges and mandarins, oranges and mandarins, fruit salad.
Step 2: Place different kinds of food in front of children and ask them to select their favorite from what is on the table. Now ask them to say why they liked that particular food?
Step 3: Tell children that food is important to their bodies. When we eat it causes our size to change? We no longer stay small. Foods help us to grow and become healthy. However, there are some foods that can make us sick.
Step 4: Ask: What types of food you think makes us healthy and those that make us sick or our tooth to decay?
Step 4: Who takes care of the sick? Show children pictures of the Dentist, Nurse and Doctor and have them identify each. (Have children pretend to be each as they ‘examine’ the patients: This could be children in the classroom or family members being used as patients)
Step 5: Discuss with children that these helpers want them to stay healthy. Also ask them which fruit gives them fruits and vegetables to help their bodies to grow (farmer).
Step 6: Let children know that eating healthy foods and exercising makes their body healthy. Get children active by letting them do some jumping; running on the spot; bending and Jumping Jacks.
Step 7: Sing the fruit salad song to the tune of Feris Jacques:
Car-a-rots, car-a-rots, broccoli, broccoli,
Eat your pumpkin, eat your pumpkin,
stay healthy, stay healthy
Step 8: Give children cut-out of both healthy and unhealthy foods from which they are to select the foods that will help their bodies to change in a good way (healthy)
ASSESSMENT: Selecting health foods and stick them into their plates