Paint Your Plate Lesson Plans

Grade 1 – I’m Hungry  (HTML)   (PDF)

Grades 2 to 4 – Stone Soup   (PDF)

Grade 2 – Colours of the Rainbow   (HTML)   (PDF)

Grade 3 – Where Do Our Vegetables and Fruit Come From    (HTML)   (PDF)

Grade 4 – Veggies and Fruit; The Preferred (and Easy) Choice   (HTML)   (PDF)

Grade 5 – What’s in a Label?  (HTML)   (PDF)

Grade 6 – Exploring Influences   (HTML)   (PDF)

Grade 7 – Share It   (HTML)   (PDF)

Grade 8 – Taking Action  (HTML)   (PDF)

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 clean 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 if a student feels blame or shame. This can trigger body and eating related concerns and students might start engaging in behaviours to modify their bodies. 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. Visit our Guiding Principles before beginning the Paint Your Plate lessons.