MyPlate Coloring Pages to Use
Downloadable Nutrition Plate Coloring Sheets to Color
With the introduction of the MyPlate food icon, the USDA also developed new teaching tools and plate coloring pages with the new plate image to go along with the ChooseMyPlate.gov website.
The free printable plate pages come in black and white versions suitable for downloading, printing, coloring and using in addition to full color versions for hanging up. The MyPlate coloring resources come in English and in Spanish.
There is also a blank MyPlate version that students can draw in, label and color the different food group sections.
These plate coloring worksheets are just part of the USDA's educational campaign launched to teach the public and students about the MyPlate food representation guide and are great teaching resources.
You can check the latest section on hosting healthy celebrations with all kinds of ideas for hosting healthy parties created in honor of the first birthday of MyPlate.
In addition to links to the free teaching resources from the USDA, there are links to other plate coloring pages and the old MyPyramid pages to color. These resources make for useful nutrition teaching tools for teachers, health educators and homeschoolers.
I have also included a look and a link to a PDF file of a Plate method that I have used for several years to teach elementary school children, 4-H and Girl Scouts about food groups and healthy eating.
Black and White ChooseMyPlate available at ChooseMyPlate.gov
A Grayscale MyPlate to Color
Download MyPlate from the ChooseMyPlate.gov website or click on the image.
Introducing the New Food "Pyramid"
In June 2011 after several years in the planning the USDA replaced the MyPyramid with MyPlate.
The USDA's (Department of Agriculture) MyPlate is described "an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits." The new food guide is an easier to understand plate that makes it easier to encourage healthy eating.
Dieticians, physicians, healthcare providers and health organizations have called the new plate an improvement over the older food pyramid.
This plate is a quick method to teach and much easier method for students, patients and clients to understand than the old MyPyramid.
Image from MyPlate.gov
Resources for MyPlate.gov + ChooseMyPlate.gov
Links to more resources for MyPlate.gov and ChooseMyPlate.gov
- USDA's MyPlate - Home page
ChooseMyPlate.gov is the home page for the USDA's MyPlate -- the federal government's nutrition education and guidance.
- USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) on Youtube
USDA Office of Communications channel on Youtube - Our mission is to provide leadership, expertise, counsel and coordination for the development of communications strategies which are vital to the overall formulation, awareness and acceptance of U.S.
- My Plate on Twitter
Follow ChooseMyPlate.gov (@MyPlate) on Twitter. #MyPlate is a quick, simple reminder to help people think about food choices to lead healthier lifestyles.
- Flickr: What is on MyPlate?
We want to see where and when you think about healthy eating. Join us in Take the Plate. Print MyPlate or display on a mobile device and snap a photograph to show how and where you choose the best foods to put on your plates when building a healthy m
Use MyPlate and You to Teach Young Children Nutrition
Recent research out of Stanford is showing that young children can be taught how to make healthy food choices and eat healthier after learning about nutrition.
MyPlate and You book is one that can be used with pre-K students.
A helpful book for teaching nutrition to children from registered dietitian Connie Evers, MS, RD. The book includes the new MyPlate along with 200 activities with the latest food guide.
Nutrition Lessons Help Kids to Eat More Healthy Food
- Kids eat more vegetables after nutrition lessons, Stanford study finds
Stanford scholars created food-themed storybooks that taught preschoolers about nutrients, the importance of eating different foods and how food fuels the body.
- Teaching Young Children a Theory of Nutrition | Psychological Science
The published article from Stanford psychologists Sarah Gripshover and Ellen Markman on how teaching young children the importance of healthy foods drives them to voluntarily eat more vegetables.
More Articles on the New Food Pyramid
Some of the other articles that I wrote when the new my plate came out to explain how it differs from the old food pyramid and other ways of understanding the plate method of eating.
- A Plate Icon to Replace the Food Pyramid
The USDA is replacing the Food Pyramid used for the last two decades as the food representation guide with an easier to understand plate designed to encourage healthy eating.
- Understanding the Plate Method of Eating
The plate method is an easier way than the old pyramid to teach children and adults, about what to eat and how much to eat. Using the plate method will help you eat healthier.
A Black and White MyPlate with Food Groups to Color
MyPlate for Kids - Video
A video created by three masters of social work students from Shippensburg University as an educational tool. Aimed at teaching children about the basic food groups using MyPlate. Show them this video, then have them color their own food plates.
Choose MyPlate Stickers in Colors on Zazzle
Kids love stickers. Choose MyPlate Stickers from Teachnutriton on Zazzle were designed to make learning about eating right more colorful.
MyPlate Coloring Pages
A MyPlate Coloring Sheet to Color
Download the printable plate for coloring from ChooseMyPlate.gov or click on the image.
MyPlate Coloring Resources
In addition to all of the other resources on the ChooseMyPlate.gov website, the site also contains pages that can be downloaded, printed and used by teachers and health educators as teaching resources.
The free printable coloring tools come as separate pages with the food groups printed in English and in Spanish. There is also a blank version without any words which can be used to make a fun puzzle.
Parents and teachers can download and print out the plate images, let the kids color them and then laminate them to use as placemats, so kids get an idea about how much to be eating.
Teachers can use these nutrition teaching tools and encourage students to color the English and Spanish versions and label and color the blank version as an interactive way of getting them to learn about the new MyPlate.
Another fun way to teach children about the plate way of eating is to turn the printable pages into a puzzle. Print out the labeled versions in English or Spanish and cut the food groups into sections. Print out the blank version and have students place the 'puzzle pieces' in the correct spots to make a complete labeled MyPlate.
Color versions of MyPlate available at ChooseMyPlate.gov
Plate Sheets for Coloring from MyPlate.gov
- MyPlate Coloring Sheet in Black and White
A Myplate page divided into sections suitable for reproducing and coloring from MyPlate.gov
- MyPlate MiPlato Coloring Sheet in Black and White - in Spanish
A Spanish plate page or MiPlato divided into sections suitable for reproducing and coloring from MyPlate.gov
- Blank MyPlate Coloring Sheet in Black and White
A blank plate pages suitable for reproducing and coloring from MyPlate.gov Students can use this to add in the different food sections.
A Blank MyPlate to Color
Download the printable blank plate so children can draw their own meals from ChooseMyPlate.gov or click on the image to go directly to the online file.
Nutrition Coloring Books
More coloring resources from Dover Coloring Books.
Color in come healthy snacks.
Let the kids color their vegetables.
Coloring book for older children.
MiPlato al Color
A Spanish Version of MyPlate.gov
A Spanish Version of MyPlate to Color
Download the Spanish MiPlato Page or click on the image.
Choose MyPlate Stickers in Spanish on Zazzle
Use the ChooseMyPlate Stickers in Spanish from Teachnutrition on Zazzle to make learning about eating right in Spanish more colorful.
MyPlate Spanish Poster and Tear Sheets
A very useful tool for teaching Spanish speaking students, parents and patients about the Spanish plate or MiPlato. This combination comes with an 8 1/2" x 11" 2-sided tear sheet with the plate on one side and helpful tips on the other all in Spanish.
A plate sectioned into the 4 food groups from the USDA's Choose MyPlate.
Also includes a Dairy bowl.
Celebrate with MyPlate
Wish MyPlate a Happy Birthday
Wish ChooseMyPlate a Happy Birthday and find out Healthy ways to Celebrate!
Celebrate with Tips from MyPlate
ChooseMyPlate.gov turned their first birthday into an occasion to celebrate and to learn about how to host a healthy and active party.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of MyPlate.gov, the ChooseMyPlate.gov website has created a section all about hosting healthy parties.
They offer advice on Planning Pleasing Parties and Making Celebrations Healthy and Active, fun healthy recipes along with great tips to create healthy, active events and ideas for Party Time with fun ideas for Pirate themed parties, Sunday with the Family Parties, Retro Parties and Fiestas.
Be sure to stop by the ChooseMyPlate.gov website and wish them a happy birthday for year two.
Balloons created from images on ChooseMyPlate.gov
A ChooseMyPlate Birthday Page to Color
Download the Choose Happy First Birthday celebration sheet or click on the image.
Choose MyPlate Celebration Resources
- Choose MyPlate Birthday Worksheet
PDF File of Happy First Birthday Celebration Plate Page.
- Making Celebrations Healthy and Active
PDF File filled with tips for making celebrations healthy and active.
- Planning Pleasing Parties
PDF File on planning pleasing parties.
- It's Party Time
PDF File to help in planning healthy parties with ideas for Pirate themed parties, Sunday with the Family Parties, Retro Parties and Fiestas.
- Create Healthy, Active Celebrations
PDF File from the U.S. Department of Agriculture with Easy Ways To Eat Smart and Play Hard with Friends and Family.
- Party Recipes
PDF File with lots of healthy party recipes.
- 10 Tips To Creating Healthy, Active Events
PDF File with tips for creating healthy, active events.
Turn the MyPlate Coloring Worksheet into a Puzzle
Printable MyPlate Puzzles and Word Games
There are many freely available resources with MyPlate puzzles and word games that can be printed out to use when teaching children about the different aspects of MyPlate.
- Whole Grain Scramble | ChooseMyPlate.gov
This word scramble from ChooseMyPlate has seven words to unscramble and one overall word. Goes with the whole grain lesson plan featured next.
- Whole Grain Lesson Plan | ChooseMyPlate.gov
This whole grain lesson plan accompanies the word scramble listed above.
- Basic MyPlate Crossword Puzzle
This myplate crossword puzzle is more challenging with 10 answers to fill in from Nutrition education store.
- Challenging MyPlate Crossword Puzzle
This myplate crossword puzzle is more challenging with 25 answers to fill in from foodandhealth.communications.
- Get Your Plate in Shape - Multiple Games
Find out how to get your food plate in shape with this fun puzzle, word scramble and word search, then fill in your ideal plate of food.
- MyPlate Placemat Information Sheet
This MyPlate information sheet goes with the Get Your Plate in Shape Placemat.
- MyPlate Placemat Word Scramble
This MyPlate Banner Set Presentation Notes includes a word scramble sheet with answers. Goes with the information sheet next.
Fun Online MyPlate Games and Puzzles
These are some of the online games that can be played to learn more about MyPlate and good nutrition.
- MyPlate Key Messages Crossword puzzle game
Figure out the missing word from each key message.
- MyPlate Food Groups word search game
Learn more about healthy eating. Find the five basic food groups.
- My Plate Match Game
Test your knowledge of the 5 food groups and how much you need from each group. From the Dairy Council of California.
- Get Your Plate in Shape
Find out how to get your food plate in shape with this fun puzzle, word scramble and word search, then fill in your ideal plate of food.
- What's on Your Plate? Game
With so many choices coming at you, it's tough to pick out the "good" food and leave the "bad". What's on Your Plate? Game begs you to choose between "good" food straight from the farm and "bad", pre-packaged food from big corporations.
- Kids' Free Online Flash Games- Play Kids' Food Pyramid Nutrition Games
Play free kids' flash games- online healthy nutrition games and food pyramid games- Chef Solus' free kids' nutrition education games teach kids about the USDA Food Pyramid, the food groups, and the importance of making healthy food and daily exercise
- Raibow On My Plate | Games & Activities
Games and activities from Dole.com to teach children about eating a rainbow on their plate.
My Own Nutrition Plate Page for Coloring
My Plate Method Page to Color
This is the Plate Method Handout that I have used many times to teach children about healthy eating as a fun coloring activity. This plate is slightly different than the new MyPlate version.
Plate Method Handout © Kirsti A. Dyer
More Printable Nutrition Pages for coloring
- MyPlate Activities and Food Worksheets for Teaching Kids
Fun foods learning activities for kids. Free printable Foods teaching series.
- Free Printables - Worksheets, Kids Nutrition, Food Pyramid, Food Groups, Kids Free Printables
Teaching kids about the food pyramid, food groups, and food combinations is easy with our kids free printables- nutrition worksheets, K-5 printables
- My Plate Healthy Food Choices Balanced Meal Food Printables For Children
Chef Solus teaches children about the new food plate with fun and always very cute kid-friendly printables.
- Fruit & Veggie Color Champions Pages for Printing
FoodChamps.org is part of the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Campaign. They have printable pages, games, activities and recipes on Food Champs.
- Vegan Version of USDA MyPlate Available as Full-Color Handout and Printable Page
A vegan version of the USDA plate guideline is now available in two versions online: a full-color handout and one for coloring.
- Vegan MyPlate Page for Coloring
A vegan version of the USDA plate guideline as a page to color.
- 5 A Day The Color Way Coloring Book
"There's a Rainbow on My Plate" introduces children to the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, with help from the Dole Food Company 5 A Day Friends. and CrayolaÂ® products.
- "There's a Rainbow On My Plate" Activity Sheets
Download free activity sheets from Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH)
- Food and Nutrition Printable Pages | ColoringBookFun.com
ColoringBookFun.com - free printable pages for kids to download, print and color
- USDA My Plate Food Quiz Printout - EnchantedLearning.com
USDA My Plate Coloring Printout. Full access to the site requires a membership.
- Health & Nutrition Worksheets
Activity and printable worksheets related to health and nutrition from ABCteach.
- USDA My Plate Coloring Resources
USDA My Plate Printouts to color adapted by the University of Arkansas.
MyPlate Games and Lesson Plans
Choose MyPlate Lesson Plan
This divided plate, dairy bowl and lesson plan make great teaching tools to help kids visually see the amounts of foods they should be eating and how to arrange their plates.
My Plate Games and Lesson Plans
Make learning about nutrition more fun with these games and lesson plans.
A fun way for kids to learn about putting together healthy food plates.
Hanging up the new plate design lets you build healthy meals by putting foods into pockets.
A large plate on an activity mat that children can fill with healthy food choices.
MyPlate Lesson Plans
Some of the ChooseMyPlate Lesson Plans now available on the Webs.
- Choose My Plate Lesson Plan | FamilyConsumerSciences.com
The student will recognize, recall and explain the new USA food guide, "My Plate."
- 8 MyPlate Lesson ideas for K-2nd Grade
Whether you are teaching in school, homeschool, or you just like to teach your kids about nutrition, use these lesson ideas to make education fun!
- Empowering Kids to Choose MyPlate Lesson Plans | USDA MyPlate Partner Site
Use these 22 pages chock-full of content and activities to help empower kids to choose the new plate for healthy eating!
- Teacher Lesson Plan & Activities Theme: Family Mealtime | PBS
The Plate Method is a way to correct size food por tions without weighing or measuring foods. Encourage children to share this method with their family. Children can help serve plates at family meal times.
- Lessons in Proper Nutrition: Teaching MyPlate in the Classroom
Although nutrition can seem like a difficult topic to discuss with a young child, keeping it simple can set them up for a lifetime of healthy choices.
- ChooseMyPlate.gov - Science NetLinks
ChooseMyPlate.gov, from the United States Department of Agriculture, is a resource to showcase the federal government's new food icon. Click on the link "For Educators" to get more information.
- Empowering Kids to Choose MyPlate Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is designed to help you assist students in making healthy eating choices using the new plate icon. You can choose to do the lesson in one day or stretch it out over several days
MyPyramid Coloring Worksheets
MyPyramid Page for Kids to Color
Download and Print the MyPyramid Page for Kids from Team Nutrition
or click on the image above.
MyPyramid Coloring Resources
Even though MyPlate has replaced MyPyramid as the current food icon or food representation guide in the U.S. textbooks, available educational resources and lesson plans lag behind.
There are still some benefits, particularly with the MyPyramid for Kids and Preschoolers (seen above and below), because these guides encourage kids to "Eat Right. Exercise and Have Fun."
I continue to like the activity in the MyPyramid versions for Kids and Preschoolers. Looking at all of the kids running around in the images (like the preschool version) makes me want to get up and move around.
Because the old MyPyramid does such a great job of encourage activity, I've included the images and links to the old MyPyramid printable pages to color.
Image from MyPyramid.gov
MyPyramid Page for PreSchoolers to Color
Download the MyPyramid Coloring Worksheet for PreSchoolers from the
ChooseMyPlate.gov website or by clicking on the image above.
MyPyramid Printable Pages and Worksheet
Teach about the differences between the old pyramid and the new plate with these printable mypyramid worksheets.
Resources for MyPlate
Having posters up in the classroom is a helpful visual way of teaching about the new plate method.
A stylized kid version of MyPlate.
MyPlate with the food groups featured.
MyPlate standard poster with explanations.
Focus on different food groups with this poster set. Put them all up at the same time, or one at a time to focus on different food groups.
Nutrition Poster Ideas
If you are looking for other ways to decorate the walls with healthy nutrition see this collection of posters (some of which I have up in my own classroom).
More MyPlate Books
In addition to the MyPlate and You featured above, here are two other books that include the USDA's new food representation guide with books that can be used to educate children and parents.
A helpful books for teaching nutrition to children includes the new MyPlate along with 200 activities based on the latest food guide information.
This book written by dietician Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D. helps busy parents to figure out the dietary guidelines and apply them to fixing healthy food for the family.
More Lenses on Healthy Eating and Healthy Living
- MyPlate - The Updated Food Pyramid
In June 2011 the Department of Agriculture introduced the new food icon, MyPlate as a new food guide. With this new guide educators and health care provides now need to learn new ways of teaching students and educating patients and clients about how
- Healthy Halloween Treats
It is possible to enjoy Halloween, stay healthy and still survive the start of Candy Season.* To do so it takes a bit of thought, planning and perhaps develop different Halloween traditions to survive the candy season.
- Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipes
Hot chocolate or Hot cocoa is a drink that warms the body and also the spirit. While the warmth of this chocolaty drink thaws out the hands, the taste of chocolate soothes the mind.
- Healthy Bake Sales Options
Trying to figure out healthy recipes for the bake sale can be challenging. Bake sales have traditionally been filled with high calorie, high fat and high sugar.
- Healthy School Fundraisers
Being a health-conscious and eco-conscious parent is hard these days when schools are pressuring us along with friends and family to buy junk food, low quality foods and merchandise.
Do you think you will print and use the MyPlate printable pages?
© 2011 Kirsti A. Dyer