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EHS Nutrition and Health

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Changes to Environment

Plastic healthy food Pictures of healthy foods and bad foods Interactive food pyramid Sales papers for grocery stores Stamps of healthy foods Books about health and nutrition Muffin tin Pie pan Child size pots, pans, utencils, etc Pot Holder Salt and pepper shakers Empty food and drink containers Homemade hand weights Child appropriate exercise equipment Placemats Menus Cup carriers from restaurants Chef hat and apron Pizza boxes File folder game Wash clothes Empty toothpaste box Empty or pretend bathing shampoo and soap Tissue box Empty bandaid box Homemade sponge blocks








Water Table: plastic healthy foods, plastic plates, spoons, etc Sensory Table: blue and white moon sand, empty toothpaste boxes, toothbrushes, laminated teeth cut outs, Large pom poms, etc 


Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Look at pictures of foods that are healthy and ones that are not healthy  2. Food Group sort


3. Food collage 4. Look at each food group, name foods 5. Talk about the importance of exercise, make exercise collage 6. Talk about the importance of hygiene, wash baby dolls 7. The Sneeze- Talk about the importance on sneezing in your elbow or tissue. Show children what happens if you don't. Take a squirt bottle filled with water and pretend to sneeze, once in the air, another using your hand, then again using a tissue, show them your hand and the tissue. Talk about how when you sneezed in the air it spreads to everyone, if you sneeze in your hand you need to wash it immediately before touching anything else or germs will spread, if you sneeze in a tissue or elbow it traps the germs. Let them take turns doing this. 8. Sweeping the trash (place small pieces of cut up paper in the floor, have children sweep the "trash" into a small square that has been taped off onto the floor) 9. Make menus with healthy choice foods 10. Pretend to cook a healthy meal 11. Make a pizza using cardboard and paper cut outs












12. Create a Happy Plate


13. Vegetable/Fruit Sort




Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Food Hunt 2. Food Delivery (pretend to drive and deliver food or use tricycles) 3. Gym Time (pretend you are at the gym or aerobics class and do different exercises, let children take turns being the gym instructor) 4. Copy me (everyone gets a ball and does what the teacher does, ex. hold over head, bounce, roll, etc)


5. Simon Says



6. Fitness Stations

Using a timer for each station keeps the kids moving through them and on task. Anywhere from 1-3 minutes per station is appropriate. It gives the students enough time to work on the activity, but not too much time to get bored and stop the activity.



7. Freeze Tag


8.Follow the Leader


9. Movement Dice



10. Yoga Cards


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Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. The Shape-Up Song (tune: Farmer in the Dell) We’re jumping up and down We’re jumping up and down We’re getting lots of exercise We’re jumping up and down. We’re bending to touch our toes We’re bending to touch our toes We’re getting lots of exercise We’re bending to touch our toes We’re kicking our legs up high We’re kicking our legs up high We’re getting lots of exercise We’re kicking our legs up high. We’re jogging around the room We’re jogging around the room We’re getting lots of exercise We’re jogging around the room. We’re wiggling our whole body We’re wiggling our whole body We’re getting lots of exercise We’re wiggling our whole body. We’re stretching up to the sky We’re stretching up to the sky We’re getting lots of exercise We’re stretching up to the sky. 2. Vegetable Soup (like London Bridge) We are making vegetable soup Vegetable soup, Vegetable soup We are making vegetable soup Now put in the (vegetable of choice). Take the ________and stir it up, Stir it up, stir it up, Take the ________and stir it up While making vegetable soup. 3.Growing Song (tune: Are you Sleeping?) We need food and we need water We need sleep, lots of sleep To help our bodies grow From our heads down to our toes Grow, grow, grow Grow, grow, grow 4.Meet the Veggies Tomato: I’m round and red And juicy too. Chop me for a salad, Or dump me in your stew! Lettuce: Hey, wait a minute! If a salad you’re fixin’ I can stand alone. No need for the mixin’! Onion: Chop me and slice me But keep water near. I sometimes get juicy And can bring on a tear! Carrot: Orange is my color I stand long and lean. In the garden you’ll see Just my bright leaves of green. Pea: I live in a pod With so many others. I think I was born With one hundred brothers! Green Bean: Look in the garden You’ll see my sign. Then bring out your basket When it’s pickin’ time! Potato: I’ve an eye for perfection To give you the best. Baked, mashed or fried- I’ll pass the test! Cabbage: My head is quite thick So people tell me. I guess that’s the reason Grocery stores sell me! Celery: Cut and rinse my stalks, Then spread on cream cheese. A refreshing hors d’oeuvre To make parties a breeze! Squash: Some call me a game, A game of good sport, But I’m really to eat As a side dish of sorts! Brussel Sprout: I’m kinda cute When I’m served on a plate I’m just a little mouthful. You can eat six or eight! Cauliflower: I carry white flowers To break off and eat. I’m sometimes served raw, A nutritious snack treat! Broccoli: My friends call me trees. Now that’s a funny name. Though I am a dark green With stalks just the same. We’re the veggies You should eat every day! Now don’t make a face. We’re as good as we say! 5.Cheese Please (tune: 3 blind mice) Cheese, cheese, cheese we love cheese Please, please please give us cheese We like white cheese oh yes we do Orange cheese taste wonderful too Yellow cheese is for me and you Oh, give us cheese 6. After a Bath After a bath, I try, try, try, To wipe myself ’till I’m dry, dry, dry. Hands to wipe, and fingers and toes, And two wet legs and a shiny nose. Just think, how much less time I’d take, If I were a dog, and could shake, shake, shake! 7. I Eat Oatmeal for Breakfast ( tune: Mine eyes have seen the glory) I eat oatmeal for breakfast When I get up out of bed The baby likes to eat it And she puts it on her head. But Daddy reads the paper And eats cheereos instead. And Mom eats toast and Jam! Eat your breakfast in the morning Eat your breakfast in the morning Eat your breakfast in the morning Bur don’t put oatmeal on your head! 8. On Top of Spaghetti 9. Tick, Tick, Tick Toast Time Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick (bouncing gently throughout the rhyme) Make me a sandwich, quick, quick, quick Hamwich, jamwich, lick, lick, lick. Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick And, stop . . . . POP!

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays 1. One Potato One potato, two potato, Three potato, four Five potato, six potato, Seven potato, more. Eight potato, nine potato, Here is ten. Now let’s start all over again. 2. Brush, Brush, Brush! Here are my teeth all shiny and bright (point to teeth) I brush them each morning I brush them at night (pretend to brush teeth) I visit my dentist at least twice a year And that makes a healthy smile right here! (point to smile) 3. Peanut Sitting on A Railroad Track A peanut sat on a railroad track His heart was all aflutter (pat hand over heart.) Around the bend came number ten, (hold up ten fingers). Choo-Choo Peanut Butter (pretend you are pulling whistle.) Smack (clap hands together) 4. This is the Way We Wash Our Hands (tune: Here we go around the Mulberry Bush) This is the way we wash our hands, Wash our hands, wash our hands, (pretend to wash hands) This is the way we wash our hands, So early in the evening. Continue with verses below: This is the way we scrub our face . . . (pretend to scrub face) This is the way we swish out our ears . . . (pretend to wash ears) This is the way we comb our hair . . . (pretend to comb your hair) This is the way we brush our teeth . . .(pretend to brush) 5. Peanut Butter First you take the peanuts and you dig ‘em, you dig ‘em. You dig ‘em, dig ‘em, dig ‘em. Then you crush ‘em, you crush ‘em. You crush ‘em, crush ‘em, crush ‘em. And you spread ‘em, you spread ‘em, You spread ‘em, spread ‘em, spread ‘em. Chorus: Peanut, peanut butter. Jelly! Peanut, peanut butter. Jelly! Then you take the berries and you pick ‘em, you pick ‘em. You pick ‘em, pick ‘em, pick ‘em. And you crush ‘em, you crush ‘em. You crush ‘em, crush ‘em, crush ‘em. Then you spread ‘em, you spread ‘em, You spread ‘em, spread ‘em, spread ‘em. Chorus Then you take the sandwich and you bite it, you bite it, You bite it, bite it, bite it. And you munch it, you munch it, You munch it, munch it, munch it. And you swallow, you swallow, You swallow, swallow, swallow. Chorus 6. 5 Scoops of Ice Cream I had 5 scoops of ice cream No less, no more, 1 fell off and that left 4. I had 4 scoops of ice cream As yummy as could be, 1 fell off and that left 3 I had 3 scoops of ice cream Yes it's true, 1 fell off and that left 2 I had 2 scoops of ice cream In the melting sun, 1 fell off and that left 1 I had 1 scoop of ice cream Sitting on the cone, I ate it all up and that left NONE!




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