Unit Study: Preschool Food

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name different types of foods and food groups.
  2. Understand the importance of healthy eating and balanced meals.
  3. Recognize where different foods come from.
  4. Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities related to food.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of nutrition and food-related concepts.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Food

  • Introduce different types of foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, dairy, etc.
  • Discuss the importance of eating a variety of foods.
  • Read books about different types of food.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a food group chart.

Day 2: Healthy Eating

  • Focus on the concept of healthy eating and balanced meals.
  • Learn about the benefits of different food groups.
  • Read books about healthy eating.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a healthy plate collage.

Day 3: Where Does Food Come From?

  • Explore where different foods come from (plants, animals, etc.).
  • Discuss the concept of farming and food production.
  • Read books about where food comes from.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a farm scene.

Day 4: Cooking and Food Preparation

  • Discover the process of cooking and preparing food.
  • Engage in simple food preparation activities (e.g., making a sandwich).
  • Read books about cooking and food preparation.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a playdough meal.

Day 5: Exploring Tastes and Textures

  • Explore different tastes and textures of food (sweet, salty, crunchy, soft, etc.).
  • Engage in a sensory food tasting activity.
  • Read books about exploring food tastes.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a textured food artwork.

Resource List:


  1. “Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert – Amazon Link
  2. “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert – Amazon Link
  3. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle – Amazon Link


  1. “The Food Song (Clip) + More Super Simple Songs” by Super Simple Songs – YouTube Link
  2. “The Healthy Food Song” by Pancake Manor – YouTube Link
  3. “Where Does Food Come From?” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Food Group Chart – Create a chart with pictures of different food groups.
  2. Healthy Plate Collage – Create a collage of a balanced meal on a paper plate.
  3. Farm Scene – Create a diorama or artwork depicting a farm and food sources.
  4. Playdough Meal – Use playdough to sculpt different types of food.
  5. Textured Food Artwork – Use textured materials (paper, fabric) to create a food-themed collage.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a delicious and educational time exploring the world of food with your young learners!

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