Give Me 5! Learning about the Vegetables and Fruit Group

Give Me 5! Learning about the Vegetables and Fruit Group

What You Will Need
  • Pictures of foods found in flyers from your local grocery store or old magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Optional: sample of real vegetables and fruit. If possible, include less well-known vegetables and fruits such as kiwi fruit and eggplant.
Directions
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Show pictures of vegetables and fruit or display the real thing.
    Discussion Questions:
    • What is this food?
    • Have you tried this food?
    • Why is it good to eat many different kinds of vegetables and fruit?
    Sample Answers:
    • It gives us different tastes and textures.
    • It lets us explore new foods.
    • It provides the many nutrients our body needs.
  4. 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.
  5. In each branch of the tree, have him/her write about or draw a favourite fruit or vegetable.

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