Making a meal
The kitchen can be an exciting place for children. So when you’re making meals, or even just putting the kettle on, why not get them involved? Try the activities below to have some family fun – and keep them busy.
Look at the labels
There’s lots of interesting info on food labels, and you could sound out the letters together.Try it out: Pick out packets or tins of food. Then sound out the letters of each word and blend them together - like this …. ‘pa’ ‘s’ ‘ta’ – ‘Pasta’. For advanced readers, there’s always m-a-y-o-n-n-a-i-s-e.
Find the food
Get started with a quick question, such as asking your child what food starts with the letter ‘b’?Try it out: Choose a letter, then open the fridge or cupboard. Say, for example, you choose the letter ‘b’, you could ask your child to find all the foods that start with that letter… like beans, broccoli, bacon or bananas.
Read a recipe
Ready, steady, get cooking together!Try it out: Pick a tasty recipe - you could use a family favourite, or try something new. You’ll find plenty of ideas online, and in books. Something simple like pancakes or a healthy flapjack is perfect. Your little chef can read out the recipe, and then find the ingredients with you in the kitchen. Yum!
Writing a list can be a great way for kids to use their imagination. Ask your child what they’d pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?
Put some music on, dance around, and get your child to count out different actions with you – like 10 hops or 16 jumps – in time to the music. It’s a good way to use up some excess energy too!
Plan your next party – write out a list of who to invite, and make your own invitations