Week 22nd February

This term we will be looking at different foods and beginning to explore healthy eating in lots of practical ways. Below is a grid of active tasks that you can enjoy together. I have also added some resources below to support or help if you do not have access to some of the things needed for the resources in the grid.

If able visit a local supermarket or market. Look at the variety of food available, including fruit, vegetables, cereals, fish, meat, bread and tinned and packaged products. If not help the children to unpack the shopping at home and look at all the different things you have bought. Can they help read some of these on your shopping list and tick them off. Find out about the different jobs that people do.

Ask them to take photos of the different types of food and complete the Supermarket spotting sheet. Purchase a rainbow of fruits and make your own fruit salad together. This is a great opportunity to discus the use of tools, safety and healthy eating. There is a suggested list of phonetically plausible foods below to help when reading or writing a list.

Collect a variety of food items and hide them in a bag. Choose one item and give the children some facts about it. Can they guess what it is? For example, you could say ‘I am green. I am juicy. I have a sweet taste. I grow in bunches.’
Allow the children time to think before revealing the food to them. Can you sort the food into those which are healthy/treats. How else could these be sorted? 
Provide your child with a broad range of chopped fruit and a kebab stick. Can they follow your instructions to make a fruit kebab? Instructions might be ‘Put two pieces of pineapple on the stick, then put a piece of apple on top.’ Once they have followed the instructions, the children can eat their kebabs. Encourage them to give you complex instructions using several properties e.g. add 2 strawberries, 3 segments of orange and 1 big slice of apple. 
Put out a range of foods that appeal to the senses. Allow the children to explore the foods using their senses of smell, touch, sight and taste. Encourage the children to use the Senses word mat to help them to explain what they can see, smell, taste and touch. Either taste new foods or continue to explore shape, space and colour by using these to print with, paint or draw. Have a go at cooking using one of the simple recipes below. Display a range of foods. Challenge the children to say what’s inside the jar or label the food item (you could draw these, use packaging or real foods. Encourage children to read labelling and packaging, where able. Give your child a template, asking them to write a label for a jar of jam or other food of their choosing. Wrap and stick the labels onto the different foods, then display them. Encourage your child to be the shop keeper and sell you different foods. You could also incorporate money and numbers.