Nutrition Education: Resources for Preschool

EatPlayGrow Curriculum

National Institutes of Health. Children's Museum of Manhattan.

The EatPlayGrow curriculum combines the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM's creative educational approach to teach children ages 2-5 and their parents how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.


grow it try it like it cover Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate

USDA. FNS.Team Nutrition.

This garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff introduces children to three fruits, and three vegetables. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm! Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.


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.


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

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.


Child Nutrition Education Resources

USDA . NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Nutrition education resources and materials for children of all ages.


apples for care connection image CARE Connection: Nutrition Education in Child Care

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Grab and Go Lessons that child care providers can do with children to help them learn about the good things food does for our bodies. Through these activities children can learn to make healthful food choices and develop positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.


More Than Mud Pies More Than Mud Pies (PDF | 39.8 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

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


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.


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

Kansas Department of Education.

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


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.


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.


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.


Child Nutrition Lessons

National Dairy Council.

Fun, hands-on nutrition and tasting activities meant to teach simple nutrition concepts, develop children's cleanliness skills and provide a variety of cooking and tasting experiences to four and five year olds.