Food Label Collage


Children will learn to identify and discover several "healthy fat" snacks they enjoy


  • Several copies of food labels containing "healthy" and "unhealthy" fats. You can use the sample food labels from this unit, but feel free to add more and have children bring in their own labels from foods at home. Print and arrange on tables around the room
  • Visit Nutrition Data or Pea Pod for more printable label images.
  • 2 Large Poster Boards
  • Grocery bulletins and food magazines. Use a range of food types and bulletins/magazines from different types of grocery stores (for example Latino or Asian markets).
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers


  1. Have the children cut out labels of foods and snacks they like or would like to try. Then have them identify and sort the labels into 2 piles: foods with "healthy fats" and foods with "unhealthy fats." Tell the children to look at the number of grams of trans fats as well as the ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils.
  2. Collect the labels into two separate containers. Divide the group into two teams and have one team work to create a "healthy fats" collage and the other an "unhealthy fats" collage by gluing the labels on the poster board and using markers and grocery bulletins to depict the various foods.

Extension Activities:

  • Couple this activity with a taste test of healthy fat snacks (see the recipes in this unit for ideas!). Doing this during pick up is also a great way to engage parents.
  • Post the collages in the school cafeteria or another public place to share.