What You Will Need
- Pictures of foods found in flyers from your local grocery store or old magazines
- Construction paper
- Optional: sample of real vegetables and fruit. If possible, include less well-known vegetables and fruits such as kiwi fruit and eggplant.
- Ask your athlete where vegetables and fruit come from:
- Some grow on trees; for example, oranges, apples, bananas
- Some grow in the ground; for example, potatoes, beets, carrots
- Some grow on vines or plants; for example, peas, corn, melons
- Ask them to show you with his/her fingers the minimum number of vegetable and fruit servings needed each day. The answer would be 4 servings (fingers) for 2 to 3 year-olds, 5 servings (fingers) for 4 to 8-year olds, and six servings (fingers) for 9 to 13 year-olds.
- Show pictures of vegetables and fruit or display the real thing.
- What is this food?
- Have you tried this food?
- Why is it good to eat many different kinds of vegetables and fruit?
- It gives us different tastes and textures.
- It lets us explore new foods.
- It provides the many nutrients our body needs.
- Pass out construction paper. Have him/her trace her hand with a pencil to make a food tree remembering that he/she may need assistance.
- In each branch of the tree, have him/her write about or draw a favourite fruit or vegetable.
Activity from: www.atozteacherstuff.com