Introduce kids to serving and portion sizes for food and beverages. They will learn to use their hands as a portion guide just right for their body size.
This activity introduces kids to serving sizes and portion sizes for food and beverages. They will learn to use their hands as a portion guide for their body size.
Q: Did you know that dehydration (not drinking enough water) can make it hard to focus?
A: Next time you need an energy boost, try drinking a glass of water.
We've talked about how food is fuel and gives you energy to move, and how reading a label can help you to make nutritious food choices. Now we are going to talk about the difference between a serving size and a portion size.
A serving is a measured amount used to identify the calories and nutrients that are in a food. A serving size can be 1 slice of bread, a 6-inch tortilla, or 1 cup of milk. A portion is the right amount of food for your body—not too much and not too little. No two bodies are exactly the same, so not every portion size is the same. Look at What is a Portion Size? to see how you can use your hand to help you decide portion sizes for your body...now and as you grow.
This activity is a matching game. You will match different foods to different hand shapes to help you learn how to choose healthy portions for your body.
Turn and talk with your partner (from the matching activity just completed).
Q: What do I mean when I say, "A portion is the right amount of food for your body"?
A: A portion is the right amount of food for your body--not too much and not too little. Not every body is the same size, so not every portion size is the same. You can use your hand to help you decide the portion sizes for your body now and as you grow.
Think about your hands. Compare your hands and your portions with those of a family member. Why do you think their portions are bigger or smaller?
Time: 10 Minutes