Healthy Buffet

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In this nutrition activity (page 2 of the PDF), learners will be split up into food groups (Fruit, Vegetable, Meat & Beans, Grain, and Dairy) and draw a picture of their favorite food from their group. This is an excellent activity not only to discuss variety in diet, but to stress where their food comes from. A suggested extension is to have a Food Pyramid "potluck," where each learner brings in a healthy food from their given group to share. This activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, but makes a great stand-alone activity as well! It links well with the Create a Food Diary activity from the same PDF.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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  • Free access