Objective: Teach children that foods come in a variety of colours and that a healthy diet involves choosing lots of different coloured fruits and vegetables.
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Have children colour or draw a rainbow, or draw a big rainbow on the board. There’s a great interactive and printable rainbow template available at: www.thecolor.com/Coloring/Rainbows.aspx
Ask the child or class to draw or write as many foods they can think of for each colour and place them on their rainbow.
Explain that different fruits and vegetables have different vitamins and minerals in them, so it is good to try and eat as many different colours as they can every day.
The colours of the rainbow are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
Examples of some foods and their colours are:
- Red: Apple, watermelon, strawberry, tomato, raspberry, chilli
- Orange: Oranges, apricot, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, mandarin
- Yellow: Banana, lemon, corn, squash, mango, star fruit
- Green: Lime, pear, celery, cucumber, lettuce, green capsicum, broccoli, pea, cabbage
- Blue: Blueberry (not many foods are blue)
- Violet: Grapes, plum, raspberry jam
- Indigo: Grape, plum, eggplant, artichoke