CARE Connection: Nutrition Education in Child Care

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Fun food activities that the child care provider can do with young children to help them learn about the good things food can do for our bodies. They can learn to make healthful food choices and develop positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Cooking Connection - Easy cooking activities

Craft Connection - Fun and simple arts and crafts projects with a nutrition message

Learning Connection - Just about any early education concept can be learned through food

Music, Movement and Play Connection - Active games and music with a good nutrition theme


Grab and Go Lesson - How to Plan a Nutrition Education Activity
Step by step instructions on teaching children about food and good nutrition.
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Grab and Go Lesson - Steps to Planning a Nutrition Education Activity
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Grab and Go Lesson - How to Use the Teachable Moment
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Grab and Go Lesson - How to Use Arts and Crafts to Teach About Food and Eating
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Grab and Go Lesson - How to Cook with Children
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Grab and Go Lesson - Fun Ways to Learn about Food
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Nutrition Education for Young Children Video - Flash Version
Video lesson offers fun food activities and ways to provide nutrition education for young children. RT 13 min. View online in streaming video. 2009.
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Nutrition Education for Young Children Video - Windows Media Video Version
Video lesson offers fun food activities and ways to provide nutrition education for young children. RT 13 min. Download this Windows Media Video (WMV) version to your computer. 2009.
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Nutrition Education for Young Children Video Lesson Plan - PDF Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video for training. 2010.
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Nutrition Education for Young Children Video Lesson Plan - Microsoft Word® Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video for training. 2010.
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Children’s Activity - Growing Potato Plants and Spud-U-Like
Nutrition education activity for young children helps them learn about where potatoes come from, with a cooking activity.
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Children’s Activity - Let’s Learn about Herbs
Nutrition education activity includes growing herbs indoors and tasting foods seasoned with fresh herbs.
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Children’s Activity - Who Eats Green?
Use story time to tell children about animals who eat green plants. Talk about the green plants people like to eat, too.
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Children’s Activity - Make Mealtimes Special
Arts and crafts projects about good eating.
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Children’s Activity - Learning About How Foods Grow
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Children’s Activity - Learning About Pasta
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Children’s Activity - Introducing Kiwi Fruit
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Children’s Activity - Game: Tossed Vegetables
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Children’s Activity - Song: Vegetables
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Children’s Activity - Game: Fishing for Food
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Children’s Activity - Game: It’s in the Bag, or the Mystery Box
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Children’s Activity - Let's Learn About Beans
Learn about beans by sorting, identifying, and growing them.
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Place Mat Learning
This poster features a placemat as a visual for children to know exactly where to put items when setting the table.
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Letter to Parents on the Teachable Moment
Family Materials.
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Lesson Plan – Active Activities for Healthy Preschoolers
PDF format. Published 2012.
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Lesson Plan – Active Activities for Healthy Preschoolers
MS Word format. Published 2012.
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Lesson Plan – Colors and Food
PDF format. Published 2012.
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Lesson Plan – Colors and Food
MS Word format. Published 2012.
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Lesson Plan - Learning Good Habits Through Nutrition Education: How to Plan a Nutrition Education Activity
15 minute training. PDF format.
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Lesson Plan - Learning Good Habits Through Nutrition Education: How to Plan a Nutrition Education Activity
15 minute training. MS Word format.
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Lesson Plan - Learning Good Habits Through Nutrition Education: Steps to Planning a Nutrition Education Activity
15 minute training. PDF format.
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Lesson Plan - Learning Good Habits Through Nutrition Education: Steps to Planning a Nutrition Education Activity
15 minute training. MS Word format.
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Lesson Plan - Music and Food: How to make musical instruments out of food
PDF format. Published 2012.
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Lesson Plan - Music and Food: How to make musical instruments out of food
MS Word format. Published 2012.
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