Family Learning - helping parents to help children learn

Balanced Diet

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.

Healthy Eating - Make a Balanced PlateMake 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 plate. (

Healthy Eating - Unmuddle the MealsUnmuddle 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. (

Balanced Diet - Alisha and RonnieAlisha 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. (

Other Resources

Balanced Diet - Food Group Mobile PhotoMake a Food Group MobileBalanced Diet - Food Group Mobile Template

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 crayons.

Balanced Diet - The Eatwell PlateThe 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 eating. (

Balanced Diet - Shifting the BalanceShifting 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. (

Recommended sites with healthy eating ideas and resources:

  • - 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.
  • - The British Nutrition Foundation site contains plenty of useful information on healthy eating and lots of resources for classroom use.
  • - This site is run by the British Nutrition Foundation and contains excellent ideas and resources for primary aged children.
  • - Bright and colourful healthy eating resources which you can purchase.
  • 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:

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