The Center for Ecoliteracy has made many resources to help schools rethink their lunches in California. While these resources focus on schools and California, there are some neat resources that can be used in a child care setting.
These nutrition education cards especially stood out to me as something that could be used! There are 20 cards here that print out on 4 pages, starting at page 8. You could make a matching game out of these cards. Print a set of two, laminate (or use clear contact paper) and let the kids match the vegetables and fruits!
If you are playing with them, there are prompts there that you can tell about the fruit or vegetable and why it is good for their bodies! If you have a mixed age setting, this would be a perfect tool to have the older children play with and learn with the little ones.
When Serving a Meal
You could also use them as an education tool when you prepare one of these items in the meal you're serving. Print one out for each child or just put it out next to the dish so they can see what the item looks like in it's original and whole form!
How do YOU think you could use this resource? Please share!