Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Cooking/Fine Motor
- a variety of breads: whole grain, pita, bagel, English muffin, and rye
- a variety of spreads: fruit spreads, cream cheese, butter, apple butter, and hummus
- plastic knives
- small plastic bowls
- paper plates
- toaster or toaster oven
- Bread Bread Bread* by Ann Morris (Mulberry Books, 1993; $3.95)
- camera and film
Objective: Children will engage in conversation, expand their vocabulary, make individual choices, and practice fine-motor skills as they learn about and taste different types of breads.
In Advance: Tell families that the children will be learning about different types of breads and spreads during snack time, and ask them to donate a type of bread or spread. You can make a list of requested items, place it on your door or bulletin board, and have families write their names next to the item they will send in. Remember to include the day you would like to have all the items.
1 During circle time, read Bread Bread Bread with the children. Encourage them to name the breads that they recognize. Afterward, talk about bread. Who likes toasted bread? Who likes bagels or pita bread? What do you like to put on your bread?
2 Now tell the children that they will taste different types of breads and spreads over the next several days at snack time. You may want to prepare a calendar with the children that shows the kinds of bread they'll be eating on a given day.
3 Children can help prepare the snack each day. Small groups can assist with cleaning and setting the table, placing spreads into small plastic bowls, and preparing breads. Rotate jobs each day.
4 Offer two different bread choices and several spreads each day so children can make choices. Provide plastic knives and encourage the children to spread their toppings themselves. Engage them in conversation about the different types of breads and spreads they are eating. Encourage them to try different spreads and ask them what flavors they enjoyed eating. Photograph each day's snack time to document the children's bread-and-spread investigation.
Language/Literacy: Make a book with the children to document their bread-and-spread exploration. Use your original snack calendar as a guide for arranging your pictures. Engage the children in creating the words and choosing a title for their book. You can invite children to draw a picture about their favorite bread to be included in the book. Place the finished book on the bookshelf for children and family members to enjoy over and over.