Ideas, Projects, and Resources…
Healthy Living Resources
National 4-H Council- 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide: Download the 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide for 30 hands-on, educational activities to help your child live a happy, healthy life.
MyPlate Kid’s Place: MyPlate Kid’s Place includes games, videos, songs, and activity sheets to help kids learn about food, nutrition, and physical activity.
Food Science Activities For Kids: Penn State University offers a list of easy, hands-on activities to help kids learn about Food Science.
UGA Extension’s FoodTalk.org: Foodtalk includes simple recipes, as well as many quick and easy instructional videos. Get the whole family involved in cooking with foodtalk.org.
FoodHero: FoodHero, from Oregon State University, offers kid-approved recipes, cooking videos, activity sheets and coloring pages.
Fight BAC: The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC!® for Kids section includes ideas and fun activities for kids that teach them about the basics of safe food handling.
America’s Test Kitchen for Kids: America’s test kitchen is temporarily offering free access to resources for youth. Check it out for ideas, recipes, and information about young people in the kitchen.
Home Baking Association: The Home Baking Association also has some lesson plans and other resources posted for Classroom, After-school & Clubs work with youth. These provide good examples of teaching along with baking — special food needs, measuring, roles of ingredients like fats, flour, etc.
LifeSmarts U: LifeSmarts U lessons explore current consumer topics in depth. Lessons in this virtual classroom have two components – online modules for independent student learning, and an “unplugged” lesson for educators to use in classroom or group instruction.
Food and Drug Administration Food and Science Resources- If you are looking for free online food-related science resources, FDA has interactive curricula using food safety & nutrition to make science relevant. Note the Nutrition topics are from 2017, so the Nutrition Facts label one would not have the latest nutrition facts panel information.
Food & Nutrition Links
to help foods project leaders and youth wanting recipes for cooking contests
- http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ : the new MyPlate, fun, games, education, tips, tracking
- http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition : USDA’s Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior based, comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of the Nation’s children. This plan involves schools, parents, and the community in efforts to continuously improve school meals, and to promote the health
and education of 50 million school children in more than 96,000 schools nationwide.
- https://pubs.wsu.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=14069 : Food Activities [& contest] Guidelines
- New or Revised 4-H Scorecards (2013)