My Kindergarten students enjoy this game and don't even realize they are working on possessive pronouns, negatives (never, not), the concepts of match, full, half, and categories of food. It is also good for talking about a balanced diet if you have a nutrition program. This game can be used with small groups of students, or even a whole class. The materials are enough for 10 students at a table. Print the cards out on card stock or back with colored paper so they can’t be seen through. Cut them apart, and laminate for durability.
Instructions: Each child will need a plate mat and 3 pictured food items that match the outlines of the foods on the plate. I made a set of plates for each table so that each child will have a different plate. 3 food items on each plate mean 30 food cards for each table group of 10 plates. Just take sets out if your table group is smaller. I made the meals balanced so dairy, vegetables, fruit, proteins, and grains are represented. Print out a set of non food items (12 pictures) for each table group. These are items a child would never eat. The cards, including the nonfood items, are mixed and placed face down in rows in the center of the table. Children take turns flipping one card over on their turn to see if it matches a food item on their plate. If it does they can place it on their plate. If it doesn’t they turn the card back over. If it’s a non food item, emphasize that children “never” eat it. It is “not” food. The nonfood item is then flipped back over. They are basically foil cards. While you are playing you can also discuss categories of food and if their plate is ½ full empty etc. The game is over when one of the children is able to fill their plate with the appropriate food items. I have them swap plates and they always seem eager to have a different food items for their plate.
Plate mats are 4 inches by 7 inches and food cards are 2 inches by 2 inches. They will not take up a lot of colored ink.
This is an activity I use with my concept groups. For further information on how this product is used please visit my blog at http://inspontaneousspeech.com/or In Spontaneous Speech