- books about breakfast including Max's Breakfast by Rosemary Wells (Penguin, 1998; $5.99), We're Making Breakfast for Mother by Shirley Neitzel (Greenwillow, 1997; $15.95) and Curious George Makes Pancakes by Margret and H. A. Key (Houghton Mifflin, 1988; $3.95)
- chart paper and markers
- cooking utensils including measuring cups and spoons, bowls, wooden spoons, and baking items
- art materials including brown butcher paper, drawing paper, markers, and crayons
- math concepts
- literacy skills
- science concepts
- social awareness
Read a story about breakfast with children. Engage them in discussions about the book and how it relates to their own lives. Create a language experience chart to record the foods that they like to eat for breakfast. Then, invite a few children at a time to draw their favorite breakfast foods.
Explain to children that they will work together to plan a family breakfast. Make a list of different types of foods that they would like to prepare for the breakfast. Review the list with the class. Help children to decide on a few things that they can make such as muffins, scrambled eggs, or yogurt, granola, and fruit parfaits. Then work with them to create a menu for this special event.
Suggest the class work together to organize their breakfast needs. Find necessary recipes and locate ingredients and cooking utensils that you may already have. Along with children, develop a list of items that will need to be purchased at the store or donated. Create another list of things that will be needed such as cups, plates, serving dishes and spoons, and pitchers for juice.
Help the busy breakfast chefs. Plan time for children to prepare the foods so that they will be ready the day of the event. Make rebus charts for recipes so that children can easily read the instructions as they cook.
On the day of the event, cover the tables with brown butcher paper. Set out crayons and markers and invite everyone to decorate the tablecloths.
Remember: Children's interests and attention spans vary. Some children may want to involve themselves in all of the activities presented while others may only be interested in one or two.
Family Recipes. Ask families to share a favorite, easy, and healthy recipe that can be used for classroom cooking activities.
Curriculum Connection: DRAMATIC PLAY
Dramatize a Breakfast Story. Choose a book with a breakfast theme for the class to perform on the day of their Family Breakfast. Prior to the event, read the book several times so that children become familiar with the story. Then, invite them to act out parts of the story. You can narrate the story while they dramatize it, or invite a few children to do the narration. You may need to have more than one child act out specific parts so that everyone has a chance to participate.