Posters and Signs
The cafeteria isn’t just a place where kids eat, it’s also a learning environment where you can visually reinforce the lessons that you are teaching through your menus, activities, and events. Visual food education in the cafeteria can take on many forms—from posters depicting appropriate portion sizes to signs reminding students about salad bar etiquette.
Does educating while kids eat really work? Yes. Although the cafeteria can be a hectic setting where students are subject to limited time, long lines, and social distractions, atmosphere does go a long way in forming lasting, healthy connections with food. Here is a collection of visual resources for the cafeteria:
Place this tent sign on the top of the salad bar to encourage students to make colorful plates filled with fruits and vegetables. "Lettuce + 5" can be developed into a commonly used phrase to encourage kids to choose lettuce first and then add five other fruits or vegetables to their selection.
Salad Bar Ingredients List
Label each item on the salad bar so that kids can learn the names of the foods they are eating. Labels include both English and Spanish.
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