Have kids identify each food item (other than condiments) and to categorize it by basic food group: meat, dairy, grain, fruit, or vegetable.
Take turns being a chef and a dining customer in a restaurant. Place an "order" for a sandwich with a variety of ingredients. Have kids assemble your order using auditory memory. Discuss which types of sandwiches are generally more appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Have kids identify the colors and obvious shapes of each food item.
Place all the felt food pieces in a row. Count the number of pieces with kids. Repeat until kids are able to count them independently.
Visual memory skills: Place 3-4 ingredients in front of kids. Have them to study the pieces and then close their eyes while you remove one piece. Ask kids which piece you "ate!" Gradually increase the number of ingredients.
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