Paint Your Plate Lesson Plans
Paint Your Plate lesson plans may inspire you to bring food into your classroom to teach about enjoying different vegetables and fruit, and this is great! Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are bringing foods into your school or classroom.
Be food safe
If you are doing an activity that brings food into the classroom, ask children to clear off and sanitize their desk before eating. Also have them wash their hands before and after eating. Show them that you are doing the same!
Be aware of students with food allergies
If you are doing an activity that brings food into the classroom, know which children have an allergy. Your school will have a policy or guidelines to prevent allergic reactions. Find out ahead of time what the policy is and how you would respond if a child has a reaction.
Steer clear of discussions of calories and body weight
While teaching children about making healthy food choices is important, it can sometimes result in conversations about calories and body weight. These discussions can result in unintended consequences, and may trigger disordered eating patterns in children who are susceptible to developing weight-related disorders. The goal of Paint Your Plate is to teach students about vegetables and fruit in a fun and informative way, that inspires them to accept and enjoy a variety of vegetables and fruit more often. Consider reviewing Tips for Teaching Nutrition to Children before beginning the Paint Your Plate lessons.