Completing a nutrition unit in elementary school can be a great way to enhance a health curriculum and teach students about taking care of their bodies. However, many aspects of nutrition can be too advanced for elementary school. But by sticking to the basics, these nutrition activities for elementary school will provide a fun and educational experience as kids learn about good health and nutrition. Complete these health activities for elementary school as a group, class, grade, or even school.
Healthy Food Posters
Encourage each student to create a poster that promotes healthy foods and eating habits. Large pieces of paper or poster board work well, and once they’re handed out, students can complete this as an in-class project or an extended homework project. Encourage elementary students to come up with a simple, catchy slogan about what types of foods we should eat and why and have them illustrate their concept. The posters can hang in the classroom, hallway, or other prominent area of the school to educate everyone.
This activity teaches health, nutrition, science, language arts, and art.
Bridge the gap between school and home nutrition by creating a class cookbook with your students. After studying a nutrition unit for elementary students, reinforce the concept by getting each student’s family involved as well. Have each student bring in a favorite family recipe that follows the nutritional guidelines you’ve studied. Depending on the grade you teach, students can include specific nutritional information or even describe what healthy ingredients are included and how the recipe follows proper nutrition. To enhance this nutrition activity for elementary students even more, use this free recipe calculator to get specific nutritional information for each recipe to be included in the cookbook. For fourth and fifth graders, you could even include specific criteria their recipes must meet by using the calculator, like 3 grams of fiber or less than 15 grams of sugar per serving. Students can also describe any family traditions behind the recipe.
This activity teaches health, nutrition, science, language arts, and social studies.
Grow Vegetable Plants
One of the basic concepts of a unit on nutrition for elementary students is learning where food comes from. Depending on where your school is located, many students may not know that the origins of the foods they eat extend far beyond the grocery store. Make the lesson of how foods grow concrete by growing your own vegetables in your classroom. Students can either each grow a plant to eventually take home, or you could create a classroom windowsill garden and grow a small variety of crops. A fun garden to try is a salsa garden, in which you grow crops like tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro. When the veggies are ripe, your class can make their own salsa to try, reinforcing the concept of farm to table right in your own elementary classroom. While this activity will take some time, it’s an excellent compliment to a health or nutrition until for elementary students.
This activity teaches health, nutrition, science, math, and agriculture.