Feeding school age child (1596)

Key points below

Your child is getting more independent.  Regular meals and snacks are still important.  Use these ideas to help your child start learning to manage meal and snack times.

**If your child is a picky eater, talk to your doctor or dietitian about giving them an appropriate complete multivitamin.

How much should my child eat?

Use the MyPlate method to learn portion sizes. 

Recommended Daily Amount from Each Food Group

Daily intake from each food group varies based on each child’s age. 

Vegetables (1½ to 4 cups per day)

Fruit (1 to 2½ cups per day)

Milk/Dairy (2½ to 3 cups per day)

Grains (4 to 10 ounces per day)

1 ounce equals:

Meat/protein (3 to 7 ounces per day)

1 ounce equals:



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.