Sorting and Categorizing Food: Healthy or Not?

In this activity children will be sorting and categorizing food – deciding whether it is healthy or not. They will also practice cutting and gluing. So save up some grocery store ads and have a go at this activity!

Teaching Nutrition: Healthy or Not Activity for Young Kids. Teaches sorting and categorizing.

This week the Playful Preschool theme is healthy habits. It’s never too early to start learning about self-care and how to be healthy. The team has a bunch of lessons that cover a range of topics related to healthy habits. Check them all out at the bottom of the post.

Evan is at the age where he would prefer to eat sweets and other treats over food that healthy and good for his body. I don’t let him eat the way he prefers, but in the future he will get to make choices about what he eats and I want him to make good choices. This activity gave me the opportunity to go through the grocery ads with him and discuss healthy and not healthy foods.

Materials Needed:

Grocery ads

White sheet of paper

Scissors

Glue

Marker

Activity Prep:

1. Fold the sheet of paper in half. Label one side “Healthy” and one side “Not healthy.”

Activity Details:

Give your child a grocery ad or two and ask them to cut out a variety of foods. They should look for food that they think is healthy and food that they think is not healthy as well. This is also great  for cutting practice and fine motor development. Evan still needs a lot of work in this area, so he did some cutting with my assistance and I did some for him when his hands got tired.

Teaching Nutrition: Healthy or Not Activity for Young Kids. Teaches sorting and categorizing.

Teaching Nutrition: Healthy or Not Activity for Young Kids. Teaches sorting and categorizing.

Teaching Nutrition: Healthy or Not Activity for Young Kids. Teaches sorting and categorizing.

Teaching Nutrition: Healthy or Not Activity for Young Kids. Teaches sorting and categorizing.

After they have a bunch of food cut out, it is time to begin sorting and categorizing it. Pick up one of the pictures that was cut out and have your child make a decision about whether it is healthy or not healthy. Once a decision is made, have them glue it to the correct side of the paper. Continue this process until all the food has been sorted into the correct categories.

Teaching Nutrition: Healthy or Not Activity for Young Kids. Teaches sorting and categorizing.

For More Ideas on Teaching and Keeping Preschoolers Healthy:

Teaching Children About Feelings Vs. Behavior by Capri + 3
Letter Match Tooth Cleaning Game by Rainy Day Mumm
Brushing Teeth Song by Growing Book by Book
Elephants Toothpaste by Learning 2 Walk
Nutrition: Sorting and Categorizing Food by Mom Inspired Life
Healthy Food Habits in Preschool: Sorting and a Paper Plate Project by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Asthma Action Plan by Tiny Tots Adventures
Hand Washing Sequencing and Song by The Educators’ Spin On It

Teach your kids to be healthy with these lessons from the Playful Preschool team!