- notepad and pencil (or chart paper and marker)
- sponge, plastic, or wooden shapes for printing
- washable tempera paint bowls or plates for paint
- white or brown mural paper
- cooking ingredients and utensils
Objective: Children will plan a lunch party to encourage the development of social, language, math, and creative- thinking skills.
In Advance: Invite children to plan a special lunch party. You may want to mark a holiday or school event or simply have a special day.
Planning a Menu
- Ask children to plan a menu for their lunch party. Encourage them to think about what they would like to drink, their main course, and their dessert.
- Create a menu with the group listing each course.
- Make a rebus recipe chart for children to use when preparing their meal.
- What types of foods require a recipe? Gather the recipes for the different items listed on their menu. With children, create a list of what items they will need to purchase at the store. Plan time for the food shopping. Use the rebus recipe chart you had prepared earlier.
- Invite children to assist in the meal preparation. Collect the needed ingredients and cooking utensils. After washing hands, remind children of hygiene and safety rules. Let the cooking begin!
- The day before the lunch party, invite the class to make a special tablecloth. Cover their eating area with a large sheet of mural paper and tape the paper to the sides to secure it.
- Put the tempera paint into bowls or onto plates. Provide smocks and a variety of materials to create prints on the mural paper. Encourage children to cover the entire sheet of paper. Allow time for the paint to dry.
Enjoy the Party!
- Ask everyone to help set up the table for the party. Children can set out food, plates, utensils, and so on.
- During the lunch, encourage children to use their "best" manners by being considerate of their classmates. Help them pass food and stimulate lively lunch party discussion.
Curriculum Connection: PHONEMIC AWARENESS
Food Rhymes. Ask children to make a list of their favorite foods. Now think of words that rhyme with the foods listed. Invite them to create a silly rhyming sentence using their rhyming words.
It's a Party by Daniel Moreton and Samantha Berger
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
Prudence's Book of Food by Alona Frankel