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Feeling Hungry

This is great way to help children build an understanding of healthy habits.

Children will begin to understand and learn more about feeling hungry.

This activity will help children understand and learn more about feeling hungry.  This is great time to create an open discussion about when we feel hungry.

Educators can discuss when they feel like they need to eat or drink (ie. morning, lunch and evening). Once children gain an understanding, it is great to allow discussion amongst the children about when they feel hungry or how they know they require something to eat. It is also great to mention the noises tummies make or how it can effect how we feel.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Photo of a child eating something healthy

Photo of a child eating something unhealthy

Play food and two baskets labeled “healthy” “not healthy”

Learning Outcomes


Language, Physical


Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Self awareness and Self Concept


Children will learn gain a better understanding of 'feeling hungry'. They will also learn the actions or sounds they should make when they need to eat or drink, including the importance of healthy habits.


Step 1:

Ask students what they do when they are hungry? When do they feel hungry? What do they eat? How do we know we are hungry? What noises do our bodies make?

Step 2:  

Show the two photographs of children eating. Which one is the best choice? Why? Ask students if it’s okay to eat unhealthy food and why. 

Step 3:

Ask students to sort the play food into two categories- healthy and not healthy.  Place the baskets and play food in a center where children can sort on their own. Be sure to discuss how eating sweets and fatty foods are okay in moderation, but we should always go for healthy foods most.

Activity Author

Photo of Dianna McGregor + Stephanie-Rachel Gomes
Dianna McGregor + Stephanie-Rachel Gomes| Early Childhood Educators

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Playful Questions

What do you do when you are hungry?

When do you feel hungry?

What do you eat?

How do you know when you are hungry?

What noises do our bodies make when we are hungry?

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