Food Groups: Vegetables


Objective: Help children begin to recognize vegetables and the importance of the vegetables.


  • Cut vegetables from magazines.
  • Poster paper with a large circle drawn on it and divided into 4 sections to look like a plate. And a smaller circle in the upper right hand corner to represent a glass of milk. Label each section Fruit, Vegetable, Protein and Grain and Dairy. See example of what it should look like at (you can print out the “coloring sheet” from this website and have each child make their own collage to take home. ) Hang the poster in the classroom.
  • Glue
  • Vegetables in various form (canned, fresh, frozen, etc.)
  • Suggested books:
    • Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
    • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
    • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbins
    • Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss


Read a book then discuss vegetables:

  • Vegetables come from plants.
  • Vegetables can be roots such as potatoes and carrots, stems such as asparagus and celery, leaves such as lettuce and spinach, or flowers such as broccoli.
  • Vegetables as are often low in calories.
  • Vegetables, like fruits, have been found to help prevent many serious illnesses and vision loss.
  • Vegetables are high in fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.

Discussion questions:

  • What are some vegetables?
  • What is your favorite vegetables?


My Plate Collage (This activity can be part of a lesson for each food group over several days.)

  • Have children find and cut out pictures of vegetables from the magazines.
  • Have them apply glue to the back and stick it on to the vegetables section of the poster.

Optional:  The children can draw the pictures.

Print out the “coloring sheet” from the website and have each child make their own collage to take home.

Another fun activity is to make a Vegetable Tray or Vegetable Soup with the children. Find our recipe for ranch dip on this blog.

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