Get kids started on a healthy eating adventure with these games and activities!
Teach them about MyPlate and the 5 food groups to set them on a path towards a healthy future.
Become a MyPlate Champion
Do you have what it takes? Pledge to be a MyPlate Champion and make a promise to eat healthy and be active every day. Use ideas from the list below to get started.
MyPlate Tips on Alexa
Get MyPlate nutrition information straight to your home on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, or on your phone or tablet via the free Amazon Alexa app. For more information, visit our MyPlate Alexa page.
Below are some of the many tips available for parents and caregivers on what and how to feed your kids. And just like the MyPlate.gov website and MyPlate tools, all of the information provided by MyPlate on Alexa is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025.
Start the day with fruit at breakfast. Top cereal with a favorite seasonal fruit, add bananas or chopped apples to pancakes, or mix a spoonful or two of raisins into hot oatmeal.
Serve a healthy snack of raw veggies and hummus. Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip made from blended chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Hummus is rich in protein, dietary fiber, and several important minerals.
Go easy on the salt. Serve fresh foods when possible or low-sodium packaged foods. Add flavor to foods with spices and herbs and skip the salt shaker at the table.
Sweeten foods with fruit. Mix fruit into plain yogurt, cooked oatmeal, and smoothies to sweeten without adding sugar. Or, combine plain yogurt, uncooked oats, and fruit for some overnight oats.
Perk up plain water or seltzer water with lemon, lime, or orange slices. Maybe even add some fresh mint leaves or a few fresh or frozen berries.
The nutrients in dairy are important for all ages. Serve foods like low-fat or fat-free dairy milk or yogurt. Need an alternative? Offer lactose-free dairy milk or yogurt that's low-fat or fat-free. You can also offer fortified soy versions.
Start the day with vegetables. Add leftover cooked vegetables to an omelet or breakfast wrap. Or, add spinach to a morning smoothie and enjoy a burst of flavor and nutrition!
Add protein to a salad. Grilled chicken or shrimp adds tasty protein to a salad of mixed greens. Chickpeas or black beans are delicious, budget-friendly options, too.
Serve nuts, seeds, and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and sardines. These foods, as well as vegetable oils like olive and canola, are good sources of unsaturated fat, which is a healthier fat option.
Dairy/ Fortified Soy Alternatives
Move to low-fat or fat-free dairy milk or yogurt, or lactose-free dairy or fortified soy versions.
Switch up pizza night. Create individual, homemade pizzas on whole-wheat English muffins or tortillas. Or, serve a traditional pizza using a pre-made whole-wheat flour. Don’t forget the veggie toppings.
Activity Sheets and Other Resources
Are you looking for fun ways to teach kids about healthy eating? Try these free printable handouts.
Kids Food Critic Activity
Grocery Store Bingo
Create Your Own MyPlate Menu
Word Blanks: Cook-Off Craze
Word Blanks: Winter Feast
Have Fun with Fruits and Veggies Word Search
Whole Grain Lesson
Word Scramble: Whole Grains
Fruits and Veggie Flash Cards
Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten
Look and Cook Recipes
MyPlate Crossword Puzzle