BLEND Beginnings Education Tools and Resources

The BLEND Beginnings Program provides child care providers and educators with the tools to educate and promote healthy lifestyle choices and will help to begin to modify and influence a child’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about nutrition and physical activity. Within each lesson plan are fun games, activities and colorful picture cards that are conducive to developing good nutrition habits and a lifelong dedication to physical activity.

Instructions on when, and how, to use the picture cards and games are provided within the unit’s lesson plans. Go to the BLEND Beginnings Program Guide page to download.

“Where My Food Comes From” Picture Cards

Children will learn that food comes from plants and animals and not from the supermarket.

12 picture cards – 8.5″ x 11″

“Farm Harvest” Picture Cards

An excellent piece to use to teach children where grains come from and how they are harvested.

4 picture cards – 8.5″ x 11″


Teaches children about the Protein Food Group. This activity also gets children on their feet and promotes physical activity!

8 Fish

Fruits and Veggies Matching Game

Played like the game “Concentration” – this game encourages fruit and vegetable recognition. Good for the mind and body!

30 game cards – 3″ x 4″

Dairy Cards

An excellent visual aid to teach young children about healthy dairy choices.

14 picture cards – 4″ x 5″

Strong Bones Game

This game encourages children to learn about dairy products and incorporates physical activity. The colorful pictures show all the dairy products that are good sources of calcium.

20 bone cards and 11 dairy picture cards.

Name That Sound Game

A fun and animated game to teach children about their senses.

12 game cards – 2.5″ x 2.5″

“My Healthy Body” Picture Cards

Teaches young children about their body and promotes physical activity.

20 picture cards – 4″ x 5″

“My Healthy Food” Picture Cards

Use anytime children want to play and learn about healthy fruits and vegetables. These picture cards also encourage children to learn about the colors of fruits and vegetables and promotes eating a rainbow of color everyday!

58 picture cards – 5″ x 4″

Healthy Food Sitting Mats

A great addition for your “Circle Time” conversations. Every conversation can be a new learning experience when a child sits on these mats. Each mat features a fruit or vegetable picture and an inserted photo of how the food grows.

29 Mats – 8.5″ x 14″

BLEND Beginnings Brochure

A wonderful piece to accompany and promote the BLEND Beginnings Nutrition and Physical Activity Program. It is ideal for child care staff, parents and families.

2 sided – front and back

The BLEND Beginnings Program has been made possible through the

kind and generous support of the