Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- Cooking utensils and ingredients (depending on the menu)
- Chart paper
- Paper chef hats
- Materials to make tablecloths including mural paper, sponge shapes, and tempera paint
- Drawing paper, markers, crayons, stickers, and glue sticks
- Digital or Polaroid camera
- Language and literacy
- Social development
- Creative thinking
- Fine motor
Have a camera available to document the planning and preparation of the event. You may want to provide parents with a list of food and cooking utensils you'll need for the project that they could donate. Invite a few parents in to assist.
Invite children to plan an end-of-the-year family luncheon. Ask them to think of foods they would like to prepare. If you don't have access to a kitchen, focus on foods that can be easily prepared like vegetables, sandwiches, egg or tuna salad, and punch. Record children's ideas on chart paper. Assist them in planning the menu and gathering recipes.
Next make a to-do list together and delegate responsibilities. Suggest that one group of children gather the needed cooking and serving utensils while others go with a teacher on a grocery store field trip to buy the needed food items. Keep a list of all the family members who will be attending so children know how many people they need to serve. Invite everyone to decorate butcher paper "tablecloths" to cover classroom tables.
Suggest children make invitations to give to their families. During group time, brainstorm the information that should go on the invitation. Offer children art materials to decorate their invitations. Photocopy the information and have children glue it on the inside of the invitation.
If possible, prepare most of the food items the day before the event. Divide children into small groups and suggest that each group prepare a specific item. Pass out paper chef hats, keep long hair in ponytails, and remember to ask children to wash their hands before preparing the food.
On the day of the event, invite children to assist with any additional food preparations and setting up. Invite children to count the number of utensils, plates, cups, and napkins that will be needed. Bon appÃ©tit!
Remember: Practice kitchen safety. Demonstrate how to safely use utensils and offer children plastic knives to cut softer items. Also, children may observe (from a safe distance) as you set the oven temperature, and add or remove baking pans.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LITERACY
Table Gallery: Invite children to dictate information about the foods they created. Suggest that everyone help to decorate an old white sheet or large sheet of mural paper to make a tablecloth. Place each plate of food, along with children's dictations, on the table. Plan a special celebration to exhibit the creations. You may also want to photograph their work to include in a class book.
Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Food for Thought by Saxton Freymann
A Little Bit of Soul Food by Amy Wilson Sanger