Free, Ready-to-Use Nutrition Education Lessons Plans for Your Classroom

Check out our website for many free, downloadable lesson plans for you to use! There are fun lesson plans for all grade levels.

Our website is packed with innovative and fun lesson plans for all grade levels. Some popular ones for the primary grades include:

hop to it

Hop to it

This food group hopscotch game enables students to apply nutrition knowledge while also being physically active. With the help of a student monitor or supervisor, this could be an ideal rainy day lunch hour activity!

yogurt sundae

Yogurt Sundaes

 Students will have the opportunity to prepare and share a healthy snack.

skip rope

Go Four it

Students will have the opportunity to practice food group classification while incorporating physical activity.


3-2-1 Dressing

In the spring, our 3-2-1 dressing is fun to make with your class using fresh spring greens. Students will learn how to make a homemade salad dressing and increase their understanding about “foods to limit” that are used in small amounts.

Here’s one lesson plan for you to try: 

3-2-1 Dressing


Getting students excited about vegetables can be as easy as 1-2-3!

Students will make homemade salad dressing and increase their understanding about “foods to limit” that are used in small amounts. It’s also a fun way to get kids interested in salad.

Estimated time: 20 minutes

Food costs: $3 to $5 for the bag of spinach (other ingredients could be brought from home)


• Small bottle of vegetable oil

• Small bottle of white vinegar

• Small bag of sugar

• Small jar with lid

• Two tablespoons

• 1 bag of pre-washed spinach leaves


Select student volunteers to help with the following:

• Get everyone in the classroom to wash hands well.

• Pour 3 Tbsp of vegetable oil into the jar.

• Pour 2 Tbsp white vinegar into the jar.

• Scoop 1 Tbsp of sugar into the jar.

• Seal the jar with the lid so it’s finger tight.

• Have the volunteers pass the jar around the classroom

and give each student 3 “shakes” of the jar.

• Offer a leaf of spinach to each student in the class. Let the

students decide if they would like to try it.

• Give each student the opportunity to dip their spinach leave into the jar of 3-2-1 dressing,

making sure they’re careful to keep their hand underneath so it doesn’t drip on their desk!

Did you know?

…the more often you expose children to a food, the more inclined they are to taste it. But don’t

pressure or reward children for trying new foods. Research shows that children who are

pressured or rewarded when trying a new food are less likely to go back to it than children

who are simply exposed to it and allowed to decide on their own whether or not to eat it.

Find all our downloadable lesson plans here. If you have questions or want more information about our nutrition education workshops, contact us at nutrition@bcdairy.ca.

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