Nutrition Education: Resources for Preschool

Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (PDF | 7.3 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.


Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy

North Carolina Cooperative Extension; North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Healthy eating and exercise program for 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent newsletters (in English and Spanish) can be viewed online. A teachers guide, posters, picture cards, and more can be ordered from the developer.


Preschoolers MyPlate Mini-Poster Preschoolers MyPlate Mini-Poster (PDF | 539 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

An at-a-glance guide to healthy eating for preschoolers.


MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children (PDF | 1.70 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

Lessons for early childhood educators on nutrition and physical activity, with an emphasis on role modeling.


More Than Mud Pies More Than Mud Pies

National Food Service Management Institute.

These 54 lessons built around the seasons of the year each include activities to learn about growth, nutrition, and preparation of foods.


Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual (PDF | 25.70 MB)

Kansas Department of Education.

8 child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.


CARE Connection: Nutrition Education in Child Care

National Food Service Management Institute.

Short nutrition activities for young children.


Food and Nutrition Fun for Preschoolers Resource List (PDF | 133 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.


Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit (PDF | 8.1 MB)

Sesame Workshop. Nemours Health and Prevention Services.

Nutrition and physical activity lessons designed to fit in with existing routines in the child care setting, as well as suggestions for families to continue healthy habits at home.


Let’s Go! Childcare Toolkit

Maine Medical Center. The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Let's Go Program.

Toolkit for implementing the “5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care” program aimed at increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the child care environment.


A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy

Florida Child Care Food Program.

Lesson plans for child care providers to use in teaching nutrition and physical activity throughout the year.