To support your family’s healthy eating goals, I’m bringing you this free printable board game to teach kids about healthy eating in a fun way!
Healthy Eating Board Game Printable
This printable board game teaches children about each of the food groups and how to eat a balanced diet within their day. This is a great way to engage children in a conversation about healthy eating, especially if you are dealing with a picky eater who will handle the conversation best when the actual healthy food is not present.
We purposefully created this game to be flexible for a variety of game variations and to be used as a jumping off point to navigate further conversations about healthy and balanced eating.
I always like to laminate our printables so we can get lots of use out of them. I use this laminator and buy the super cheap laminating sheets from Amazon. My laminator has been going strong for 8 years now… and it’s embarrassing how much stuff in my house is laminated since it’s 13 cents per laminate.
Healthy Eating Game Instructions:
Way to Play #1: Collect the Food Groups
Roll the dice to determine how many squares to move your game piece. If you land on a square with a picture of a food group, collect the token for that food group.
The goal is to make it to the finish square with a token from all four food groups. If you are missing a food group, each dice roll after the finish will move you backwards until you collect them all.
Way to Play #2: A Balanced Day
Look at our healthy eating chart to determine how many servings of each food group each player needs each day, and that is the number of each food group tokens that each player needs to gather. (Yes, this game is stacked against the adults.)
Just like in the first variation of the game, go backwards on the game board until you gather enough game tokens.
Way to Play #3: A Balanced Day Variation
For a quicker version of #2, when each player lands on a food group square, they can roll the dice to determine how many tokens they are to receive of that food group. Keep in mind that “too much” of one thing does not make up for “too little” of another, which is another great nutrition take-away.
Way to Play #4: Magnets
Take the game off the board and onto the fridge – add magnets to the back of the tokens and use them to keep a running tally of the day’s food. At suppertime, reflect on the successes and imbalances of the day, and/or discuss the day’s progress at lunchtime to see if your child needs to change course and add another veggie to their plate at suppertime, add some dairy, etc.
After playing, you can take the opportunity to get the kids in the kitchen and whip up a healthy snack! Some of our favorites include:
- Rainbow Fruit Salad
- Chocolate Trail Mix Bites
- Pinwheel Bread-free Sandwiches
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Kale Chips
- Coconut Water Popsicles
- Or check out our collection Fun Ways to Eat Fruit!
What other ways can you think of to play with your free printable board game for healthy eating?