- Practice fine motor and creativity skills
- Learn about foods that make a nutritious breakfast
- Construction paper, glue, scissors
- Collage materials (Styrofoam pieces, fabric scraps, straws, cotton balls, tissue paper)
- Pictures of many foods
- Paper cups, paper plates
- Graph paper
- Old magazines
- Optional: Plastic flatware
Step 1: Start a breakfast discussion by surveying the number of children who ate breakfast this morning. What did you have for breakfast? Cereal? Eggs? Milk? Make a graph of the different foods.
Step 2: Show pictures of nutritious breakfast foods. Discuss the foods children like to eat and don’t like to eat. Ask, “If you could eat whatever you wish, what would you have?”
Step 3: Give children a sheet of construction paper to use as a place mat, a paper plate, and utensils. Demonstrate how collage materials can be used to represent foods (yellow-colored Styrofoam pieces can represent scrambled eggs, for example). Be careful not to tell children how to use the materials; give only a few suggestions to get them started: What could we use to make pancakes? Some children may want to cut colorful food pictures from magazines to add to their plates.
Step 4: Encourage children to plan what they want to see on their breakfast plates, and then decide which items can represent these foods. After children glue the “foods” onto their plates, they can attach the plate to the place mat and add utensils. Display the finished place setting on an “Our Healthful Breakfasts” bulletin board.
For younger children: Make pictures of breakfast foods cut from magazines available for children to use in their collages.
For older children: Continue the activity by having children create artful renditions of healthful lunches and dinners.
Prepare a parents’ brunch at school. Help children plan the menu by talking to them about junk foods and why they’re not good for us (they contain too much sugar, fat, and salt). Focus on good foods that are easy to prepare, such as eggs and green salad. Make baked goods the day before the brunch. Fruit or bran muffins are popular. Children can create invitations to take home to their parents. Make a picture menu.
On the day of the brunch, invite children to cut up fresh fruit and spoon it onto plates. You can try making scrambled eggs or pancakes. Don’t forget the juice. Children will love being servers and hosts, and parents will love the whole event.