Morning (introduction) activities to kids.
- Sing “The Muffin Man” with children
- Prepare pictures of bread, grains, cereals, and pasta.
- Discuss bread, grains, cereals, and pasta with children through the questions about the types of products of each group. The second step should be to explain kids the importance of this food groups consumption in everyday diet. Canadian Food Guide recommends to consume 3 portions* of Grains for Kids 2-3 years-old, 4 portions for 4-6 years-old and 6 portions for 9-13 years-old*
- Invite children to observe and try different types of dry grains, bread (black, white, whole wheat, etc), cereals and pasta (different types of pasta refined wheat, whole wheat, buckwheat, rice pasta etc..)
Stories to read aloud:
- This is the Bread I Baked for Ned by Crescent Dragonwagon;
- Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley;
- Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti by Anna Grossnickle Hines;
- Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris
Be sure to serve some bread, pasta or grains fro lunch this day.
Extra activities for the day:
- Include grains and pasta in craft lessons like here
- Use dry pasta in developing math skills. Show how to add and substruct, using pasta.
- Cook some grains or pasta together. You can find a recipe here (buckwheat) and here (rice)
- For dramatic play part – set up a bakery! Provide kids with aprons, cookie cutters, rolling pins and cutting boards.
- Make a mess with flour and make a dough for spaghetti and roll them together in different lengths!
- Cut dry spaghetti and make kids to organize them in order from shortest to longest.
- Talk about countries where the certain type of food come from (pasta – Italia, bread – Europe, Corn – America, Rice – Asia, legumes – North Africa, etc)
- Talk about the bread production steps and why we need to value this product.
- Talk about hunger in developing countries.
- Show some pictures or videos about Mills.
For closing activities:
- What is your favorite food from the groups of cereals, bread, pasta, rice, grains?
- What was your favorite activity from today
*portion size 1/2 of dry grains, or 40 gm of bortion size 1/2 of dry grains, or 40 gm of baked bread
Hopefully, this article provides you with some ideas how to introduce kids to the food group of cereals, grains, bread and rice.