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Food Related Books and Activities
(Originally produced in cooperation with the Summer Library Reading Program)


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Book: How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Author: Marjorie Priceman
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
ISBN-13: 978-0679880837
Age Level: 3 to 7 years

An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients.

Bag Book ActivityBag Book Activity Supplies:
  • 6 self-closing small plastic bags approximate size 6” x 7” (1 set of 6 per child)
  • Stapler
  • Construction paper in MyPlate colors: red, green, orange, purple, blue cut to fit inside of small plastic bags. The ones pictured in the example were cut 5” x 6 ½”. (1 set of 5 colors of construction paper per child) 1 copy of pictures and words per book per child
  • Scissors (you will need to cut them for smaller children or have them already cut and ready for gluing)
  • Glue sticks to share
  • Crayons or markers to share
  • MyPlate poster
  • MyPlate coloring picture cut to size of construction paper, this will be the front cover of your book (1 copy per child)

Preparation: (see PDF)

  1. Prepare 1 book for each child following the instructions below. Cut construction paper to fit self-closing bags. Staple 6 self-closing bags together along the seamed side, leaving the self-closing side to slide construction paper into.
  2. Make MyPlate coloring picture the front page of your book by putting it into the first baggie.
  3. Put all construction paper into individual baggies.
  4. Make 1 copy per book of How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World handout. For small children cut apart the pictures and words on the handout and put a set into one of the stapled baggy books. Older children can cut them apart if time permits, or you can prepare theirs also. It is your choice. Assemble 1 book per child.

Doing the Bag Book Activity: (see PDF)

  1. Read the book: How to Make an Apple Pie and see the World.
  2. After the story show the Choose MyPlate poster and point out the different colors and list some of the food that belongs to each section. (Grains: bread, spaghetti, oatmeal, etc.; dairy: milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.; fruits: apples, strawberries, pears, etc.; vegetables: green beans, tomatoes, corn, etc.; protein foods: chicken, hamburger, pork chops, etc.)
  3. Pass out premade books to children (construction paper).
  4. Instruct children to look at the colors of the book and ask them if they look like the colors on the MyPlate poster.
  5. Have children take out the construction paper from their books.
  6. Cut and glue the words that match the colors of the paper (photo A-see pdf).
  7. Tell children you are going to make a MyPlate book and see the world.
  8. Tell children that each country has its own flag, and using the flags from the countries in the story they are going to make a MyPlate book.
  9. Refer back to the story and tell children the first country that was visited was Italy. Have children cut and glue the Italian flag to the orange piece of construction paper, and ask children what food group the orange color represents.
  10. Then ask children what grain food was obtained in Italy. Cut and glue the wheat on to the orange paper (photo B-see pdf).
  11. Continue this process with the remaining 4 food groups.
    Vegetables will only have a title on its page; we will come back to that later.
  12. Ask children what the wheat was milled into? On the back of the orange piece of paper glue the sack of flour (photo C-see pdf).
  13. Continue this process with the remaining food groups (photos D - G-see pdf).
  14. Pass out crayons or markers and have children color MyPlate coloring picture (photo H-see pdf).
  15. Ask children what food group was missing from their book.
  16. Pass out 4” X 4” pieces of paper and using crayons or markers ask children to draw their favorite vegetable and glue it on the vegetable page of their books.
  17. Put all pages of construction paper into the self-closing bags making individual books.
  18. Point to the food groups on the Choose MyPlate poster and have children tell you what food from their books they have on that color.

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