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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!

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?

Choose a letter of the alphabet, then ask your child to write down a food, an animal, a name, and a place that begins with this letter.

Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.