Unit Study: Preschool Nutrition

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 nutritious foods.
  2. Understand the importance of a balanced diet and healthy eating habits.
  3. Recognize the role of various food groups in maintaining good health.
  4. Develop an appreciation for the connection between food and energy.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of the benefits of healthy eating.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Nutrition

  • Introduce the concept of nutrition and its significance.
  • Discuss different types of foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.).
  • Read books about healthy eating.
  • Activity: Create a “My Plate” collage with food pictures.

Day 2: Fruit and Veggie Power

  • Explore the importance of fruits and vegetables in a balanced diet.
  • Discuss the vitamins and nutrients they provide.
  • Engage in a fruit and vegetable tasting activity.
  • Activity: Create a fruit and vegetable rainbow craft.

Day 3: Grain Goodness

  • Focus on whole grains and their role in providing energy.
  • Discuss the benefits of whole grain foods.
  • Engage in a whole grain sensory activity.
  • Activity: Create a paper plate grain collage.

Day 4: Protein and Dairy Delights

  • Discover the importance of protein and dairy products.
  • Discuss the role of protein in building muscles.
  • Engage in a protein-rich food matching game.
  • Activity: Create a “Protein Power” badge.

Day 5: Building Healthy Habits

  • Explore the concept of healthy eating habits.
  • Discuss the importance of drinking water and being physically active.
  • Engage in a water drinking challenge and simple exercises.
  • Activity: Create a “Healthy Habits” chart.

Resource List:


  1. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle – Amazon Link
  2. “Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z” by Lois Ehlert – Amazon Link
  3. “Gregory, the Terrible Eater” by Mitchell Sharmat – Amazon Link


  1. “Healthy Eating for Kids” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
  2. “Fruits and Vegetables Song” by Kids Learning Videos – YouTube Link
  3. “My Plate Song” by Have Fun Teaching – YouTube Link


  1. “My Plate” Collage – Create a collage with pictures of foods representing different food groups.
  2. Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Activity – Allow children to taste various fruits and vegetables.
  3. Fruit and Vegetable Rainbow Craft – Create a rainbow using fruit and vegetable cutouts.
  4. Whole Grain Sensory Activity – Let children touch and feel different whole grains.
  5. Protein-Rich Food Matching Game – Match protein-rich foods to their sources.
  6. “Protein Power” Badge – Create badges to celebrate eating protein-rich foods.
  7. “Healthy Habits” Chart – Chart water intake and physical activities.
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