Nutrition Education: Resources for Preschool

Setting the Stage: Nutrition and Physical Activity Lessons for Early Childhood Settings Setting the Stage: Nutrition and Physical Activity Lessons for Early Childhood Settings (PDF | 519 KB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Nutrition and physical activity lesson plans using learning centers in the early childhood classroom.


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.


Michigan Team Nutrition: Preschool Booklist Michigan Team Nutrition: Preschool Booklist (PDF | 1.21 MB)

Michigan State University Extension; Michigan Department of Education.

An annotated list of over 250 books about food, nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity for young children.


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.


The Two-Bite Club The Two-Bite Club

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This storybook introduces MyPlate to young children and encourages them to try foods from each food group.


Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care staff introduces children to fruits and vegetables. Each set of lessons in the six booklets contain hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate.


Team Nutrition Fruits and Vegetables Lessons for Preschool Children Team Nutrition Fruits and Vegetables Lessons for Preschool Children (PDF | 2.22 MB)

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

Ten additional lessons to supplement the Color Me Healthy - Preschoolers Moving & Eating Healthy curriculum.


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.