Simple Food Chains and a Worksheet!

It is always tricky to get children to understand that living things can get eaten by other living things. We have tried very hard to make sure my children know that a chicken is a packet was in fact a live chicken and that they are food for us.

So with that in mind we decided to do some work to look at food chains.

We got out all of the kiddies plastic animals and a few soft toy animals (ones that were missing) to help. We also picked some leaves from the garden and I made some red arrows on the computer and printed them out.

Simple Food Chains and a worksheet, Science Sparks

All the animals!

Firstly we names all the animals to check he knew what they were.

We then group the animals into

1. Meat eaters (Carnivores)

2. Vegetable Eaters (Herbivores)

3. Both (Omnivores)

Simple Food Chains and a worksheet, Science Sparks

Sort into groups

 

Then we decided if we could make some chains with arrows to show what was eaten by which animal. The arrow in a food chain means ‘Food for’.

I explain that all food chains usually start with a ‘producer’ or as I explained to Noah, a vegetable or something green as it makes it own food from the sun.

Then anything that eats something else is called a consumer.

These are some of the chains we made!

Simple Food Chains and a worksheet, Science Sparks

Leaves, Caterpillar, Bird

Simple Food Chains and a worksheet, Science Sparks

Leaves, Cow, Man

Simple Food Chains and a worksheet, Science Sparks

Leaves/grass, Zebra, Lion

This is such a simple exercise for little ones but if you want to stretch older children t that bit further then I have made the worksheet below. It contains cards to cut out and arrows so you can make your own food chains and a vocabulary sheet. I have included the answers for the chains on the fourth sheet.

Simple Food Chains 1

Have fun with your food chain exploration!

 

 

 

 

There are 12 comments

  1. Kelly

    We also talk a lot about the meat we eat and try to explain that it came from living animals. My son was quite distressed when he learned this and kept telling me that chooks (chickens) are his friends and wasn’t too happy eating them at first.

    1. ScienceSparks

      I can understand that – it takes a while to get their head around it, but I think it is important they understand the nature behind it, and then they can make their own decisions. If mine decided they wanted to be veggie then that would not worry me as long as they respect the natural food chain process.

  2. maggy, red ted art

    Oooh I love this! What a great post! I think it is very important to explain things like (where our food comes from…) this to kids! Even if it is sad to think of how we all “each other”!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  3. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam

    We certainly have a lot of toy animals, and I love this way of using them to learn about the food chain. My daughter is fascinated by learning about what other animals eat especially meat eaters so this would be right up her alley.

  4. MiaB

    This is such a great learning activity and a great way to use the animal toys. Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday :)

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