- cooking utensils, cooking tools, empty containers, and food magazines and circulars that reflect the different family cultures in your classroom
- art materials including paper, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, play dough and play dough tools - plastic food and tableware
- fabric, old tablecloth, or large sheet of butcher paper
Objective: Children will develop language, creative, and social skills as they work together to create a pretend classroom feast.
1. Ask children to assist in collecting the suggested multicultural food and cooking items to place in the pretend area. Help them to learn the names of the different items to expand their vocabulary. Encourage them to share what they already know about different items and to teach their classmates about them.
2. Explain that they will work in small groups to prepare a "pretend family feast" for their friends. Each group will have a day to prepare their feast.
3. Provide each group with the suggested art materials. Assist each group in planning their menu. Encourage them to use different art materials, including play dough, to make their foods. They can also cut out pictures of foods from magazines or circulars.
4. Ask each group to set their table for their feast. Children can use fabric, an old tablecloth, or make a tablecloth using a large sheet of butcher paper and markers.
5. Now it's time for the feast to begin. Encourage children to describe what is on the menu before serving their foods. join in to model pretend play concepts as well as language. Ask children to describe how their foods taste. What is their favorite food? What makes it a favorite? Do they eat any of these foods at home or for special family meals? Don't forget to compliment the chefs.
Curriculum Connection: SCIENCE
Multicultural Fruits and Veggies! Ask family members to donate a fruit or vegetable that reflects their home culture. Place the food items on the science table.
Invite children to investigate them. Give them pan scales and rulers to weigh and measure them. Ask them to share what they already know about each food. Help children to learn the names of the different items. Explore their textures, colors, smells, and taste.
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