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After multiple reader requests, I put together a fun MyPlate sticker pack for the Nutrition Education Store. Today I decided that the activities were simply too fun to miss, so I'm offering a sneak peek of those activities on the blog, for free! Which will you try first?
Activity #1: Identity Crisis
Deconstruct the sticker sheets, cutting each row into a separate stack so that you get a pile of stickers, one pile for each food group (and a bonus MyPlate row — do with that what you will). Give one row of stickers to each kid. This row is his or her assigned food group.
The kids should put a sticker from the row on their hands, hiding it so that no one can see it. With their hands covered, they should then circulate and talk about their food group with other students, offering hints about the identity of their food group while trying to guess the food group that their partner represents.
If a student guesses someone’s food group correctly, that person gives the guesser a sticker from their row.
For example, a kid who has a grain stamp on his hand would talk to another kid, trying to find out what stamp she has on her hand, while dropping hints and fun facts about his grain food group.
The students can assemble the stickers they win onto “scorecards” (printouts of MyPlate — they can put each sticker they receive in the appropriate section of the plate) or they can just keep the stickers for fun.
Activity #2: Sticker Worksheet
This activity combines the stickers and the accompanying worksheet. Have students read the descriptions of each mystery food group and then guess its identity. Have them put a matching sticker in the space next to each food group, writing the name of the food group on the line provided.
You can do this as a class or have the kids do it individually. If you do it as a class, have volunteers read each description aloud, then have other students raise their hands and guess which food group the text describes. You could even take a vote for each food group. Once everyone has figured out which food group is being described, have them find the matching sticker and stick it to the page next to the description. They can also write in the name of the food group on the line provided.
Activity #3: Decorate the Plate
Print out blank copies of MyPlate, one for each student. These pictures of MyPlate should have the outline, but not the labels, for each food group. Go through magazines and cut out lots of pictures of food (if the students are older, they can cut out the pictures themselves). Offer a large pile of pictures to the class
Have the students label each section of MyPlate with their stickers, then glue pictures of foods that fit in each food group onto the proper section of the image of MyPlate. Feel free to post their finished work around the classroom.
What do you think? Did you like any of those activities? If you'd like to give them a try, download your very own copy of the MyPlate sticker worksheet. It's yours, for free!
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