Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Cooking/Art
- vanilla yogurt
- small plastic bowls or cups
- a variety of sundae toppings (include children's ideas)
- plastic spoons
- chart paper
Objective: Children will work together to share responsibilities while preparing a special snack.
1 Engage the children in planning a special yogurt sundae snack. Ask: Have you ever eaten a yogurt or ice cream sundae? What type of toppings do you think would be good to eat on top of yogurt? Make a list of the children's suggestions on chart paper.
2 Explain to the children that before they can make the yogurt sundaes, they must first gather or buy the ingredients. If your school is within walking distance to a local grocery store, you can plan a class trip to purchase the ingredients.
3 Invite children to choose different preparation chores. For instance, some children can be in charge of washing fresh fruit. (An adult can help children use small plastic knives to cut the fruits into small pieces.) Another group can put toppings into small bowls. Ask one of the children to place a spoon into each topping bowl. A few children can set the tables with napkins while others place yogurt into small bowls or cups.
4 When the children are sitting, provide each child with a cup of yogurt. Pass the bowls of toppings around the table. Encourage the children to take some of those they like and to experiment with others. Don't forget to sit with the children and make your own sundae! While they're eating, the children can describe the toppings they chose. Ask: How do you like your snack?
Remember: Check up on the food allergies or dietary restrictions of children in your program before any cooking activities. Provide options for children who cannot eat the snack and for those who simply do not want to. Some children may be very interested in making the sundae but not want to eat it.
Art: Invite the children to create a Sundae Collage. Set up a table with a variety of collage materials and glue. Have ready large circles cut out of colored paper to represent bowls. Cut smaller circles or use pieces of Styrofoam to represent the yogurt or ice cream. Fill several small bowls with sequins, colored rice, or cut-out shapes of paper to represent toppings. Encourage the children to glue the "ice cream" shapes onto their bowls and then decorate them with toppings.