- empty food containers including milk and juice cartons, and pasta, cereal, and cracker boxes
- labels from familiar food items
- food advertisements from magazines, newspapers, and catalogs
- chart paper and drawing paper
- markers and crayons
- glue sticks
Objective: Children will develop fine-motor, math, social, and language and literacy skills as they engage in discussion and activities to help them identify words that describe food and familiar food products.
1 Divide a sheet of chart paper into four columns. Write the following categories in each section: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack Foods. Ask children to think of foods that they like to eat for each category.
2 Provide the children with art materials and ask them to make a drawing of their favorite food or favorite meal. Then, assist them in writing or dictating information about their picture. Ask children to share and compare their work during group time.
3 The following day, invite small groups of children to work iri the art area. Provide the food pictures and labels and ask children to identify words or pictures of familiar food products. Then ask them to sort the food items that are similar for example: pasta products, cereals, and soups.
4 Engage children in a discussion about the food products to encourage language and conversational skills. Do they have any of these food products at home? Can they find one of their favorite food items? Can they identify the letters that make up some of the words?
5 Provide children with paper and glue sticks and invite them to use the food words and pictures to make a collage. Encourage children to share their collages during group time. Create a classroom display using the language experience charts, drawings, and collages.
6 Provide opportunities for children to continue developing literacy skills by having them identify food words in their everyday environment. Show them food containers during snack and mealtime and invite them to read the labels.
Curriculum Connection: MUSIC
Songs and Rhymes About Food. Invite children to assist in creating a list of familiar songs and rhymes about food including "On Top of Spaghetti", "Peanut Butter and Jelly ", "Little Miss Muffet", and "Peas Porridge Hot". Choose several favorite songs.and rhymes and create word charts for each. Leave space around each chart and ask children to create decorative borders. Use the song and rhyme charts during group or music times.
Bread and jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
Lunch by Denise Fleming
Prudence's Book of Food by Alona Frankel