Part 2: Menu In this part of the Assignment, you will create a 3-day menu plan for the age group of your choice that would be appropriate for the early childhood setting. Your menu must include: Identification of specific age group 2-3 year-olds 4-5 year-olds 6-8 year olds Food choices for breakfast 1 serving of fruit 1 serving of whole grain 1 serving of diary Food choices for lunch 1 service from all 4 food groups (protein, fruits/vegetables, whole grains, dairy) Food choices for two snacks 1 serving from at least 2 different food groups (protein, fruits/vegetables, whole grains, dairy) Alternative food choices for children with allergies, food preferences (vegetarians, etc.), or other dietary restrictions Tips: When identifying snacks, it is ideal to alternate the two food groups. i.e. if morning snack is protein and fruits/vegetables, then afternoon snack should be whole grains and dairy Do not repeat any food choices over the 3-day period. Follow the guidelines established by the USDA for menu planning. Alternative food choices must be as close to the original options as possible (e.g., Sun Butter for peanut butter; vegan patty for hamburger patty, etc.). Do not create two separate menus for each day; not everything you include in the ‘original’ menu should require an alternative. Be careful to avoid known choking hazards for young children.