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Invite children to share some of their favorite foods. Follow-up with a discussion of how nutritious their choices are for them.
Collect a variety of pictures of foods that pre-school and kindergarten children will be familiar with. Post these in the classroom for easy viewing during this lesson.
Ask students to talk about what they typically eat in a day. Use Crayola® Dry Erase Markers to write student contributions on a classroom white board.
Shift the discussion to how healthy their foods are for them. What makes a food healthy? What makes a snack food? Have students look over their list of identified foods and break them down into two categories: healthy foods and snacks. Create two lists on the white board. If models of food are available in the classroom, have students manipulate the models into the two groups.
Have a variety of Crayola Washable Tempera and brushes ready at each painting station. Ask children to put on their Crayola Art Smocks and select a work station in preparation for painting a picture of their favorite food. Remind students to refer to classroom pictures for assistance if needed.
Allow time for students to work on their art. Tour the classroom and answer student questions. Make suggestions regarding line, shape, form, color, and texture as needed. Artwork should be dried overnight.
Once the paint is dry, encourage students to add food details to their paintings, such as seeds or ridges, using markers. Have students write their names on their work. If capable, have students also write the name of the food they have selected. Provide assistance as needed.
Provide time in the school day for students to share their paintings with classmates, identify the food illustrated, as well as what category it falls into and why it is healthy or a snack.
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