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


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Book: Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack
Author: Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age Level: 3 to 6 years
Mouse is on a hunt for a snack.

Activity Supplies: Sample Plate Instructions
  • 2 copies of Plates handout
  • 20 very firm small paper plates
    - cut and glue pictures from handouts onto paper plates to make plates for relay game (make 2 sets of relay plates)
  • 10 large paper plates (2 sets with 5 in each set) colored to match my plate colors: blue, orange, red, green, purple
  • MyPlate poster (available from USDA

Doing the Activity:
  1. Read the story Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack. Make 2 sets of 10 plates (20 plates total).
  2. Show children MyPlate Poster and explain it’s significance to healthy eating.
  3. Show children how you have colored a plate to match the colors on MyPLate as you place them in a circle.
  4. Hold up 1 plate at a time from the set of 10 (cheese, plump plums, baby carrots, fried chicken legs, ears of corn, tasty tacos, assorted jelly beans, jolly gingerbread men, slices of chocolate cake) and ask children if they know which food on the plate belongs to which food group. Example: Holding up the cheese plate, ask; “Do you know which food group the cheese belongs to?” As children answer, “Dairy” put the cheese on the large blue colored plate. Repeat for each food.
  5. Put the sometimes foods (jelly beans, cupcakes, gingerbread men and chocolate cake) in the center. Tell children these foods do not have a place/plate on the MyPlate Poster/MyPlate circle as they are sometimes foods. Put these foods in the center of the circle not on a plate.
  6. Children are going to be participating in a relay race.
  7. Divide children into 2 teams and line them up (one child in front of the other) in front of colored MyPlates (1 set of plates per team).
  8. Place 10 food plates (1 set) in front of each team. The first person will take one plate and pass the plate over their head; the person behind them will take the plate and pass it through their legs. (over and under from child to child)
  9. Last child in line puts the food on the correct colored plate. Sometimes foods should be in the middle of the circle.
  10. First team with all 10 food plates on the correct colored MyPlate wins the game.


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