These activities will help children to learn about food groups and how to maintain a balanced diet. As well as
games for children, there are also links to useful and informative sites for parents and carers.
Follow the links below to the free healthy eating games and activities - click on the picture or the name of the
resource to start.
Make a Balanced Plate
In this KS1 activity you have to sort the foods into their correct food group, using your mouse
to drag them to the right section of the plate. When you have finished, you can print out the
Unmuddle the Meals
This activity is similar to Make a Balanced Plate (above). This time you have to sort foods
which are muddled together, e.g. cornflakes with milk - the cornflakes go in one section and the
milk in another. (foodafactoflife.org.uk)
Alisha and Ronnie
Choose whether to play as Alisha or Ronnie. For each meal, add the food that you want to eat to
your tray. At the end of the day, compare the balance of your choices with the Eatwell plate.
Make a Food Group Mobile
Make a food group mobile using this template (full instructions included). You will need a paper
plate, some thread or ribbon, white card, glue or sticky tape, scissors and felt pens or
The Eatwell Plate
This is a presentation by Food - A Fact of Life, which sets out the basics of a balanced diet,
using the Eatwell Plate to show the proportions of foods from different food groups we should be
Shifting the Balance
This PDF contains pictures of typical meals which can be used as a discussion point. For each
meal there is an alternative meal which has been made healthier by making small changes such as
increasing carbohydrate and fibre or reducing fat. (foodafactoflife.org.uk)
Recommended sites with healthy eating ideas and resources:
- www.eatwell.gov.uk - The Food Standards Agency's consumer advice and information site.
Provides practical advice on healthy eating, food labels and how what we eat affects our health.
- www.nutrition.org.uk - The British Nutrition Foundation site contains plenty of useful
information on healthy eating and lots of resources for classroom use.
- www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/ - This site is run by the British Nutrition Foundation and
contains excellent ideas and resources for primary aged children.
- www.comiccompany.co.uk - Bright and colourful healthy eating resources which you can
- 5 a Day NHS - Recipes and tips on eating more fruit and vegetables.
- Olive Picking - A great idea for an active family holiday.
Balanced Diet Resources: