Encourage healthy eating by involving children in planning and preparing food or snacks. Evaluate and explain the changes you would make.
I have planned various activities for small groups of children, which will promote their development and give a good understanding of healthy eating. While I was discussing with the children about this activity the week before, we talked about wharf ruins they might like to try and use to make their own kebab. This was so I could plan around and with the children to fit in with their likes and dislikes to make the activity as enjoyable as possible for them.
1- Read Handa’s Surprise to a group of 12 children (this book relates to a girl living in Africa, carrying a basket of fruit on her head. How different animals take fruit from the basket and describe the colour and texture of each fruit.
A. Ask the children open ended questions, (E.g. what fruit has the zebra taken? What was Handa’s surprise?) By asking open ended questions it promotes communication and language, understanding the world and personal, social and emotional development.
B. After register time I will read the story to the children, who will be sat on the carpet. I will have an adult with me to support as needed. I will also sit on the carpet with the children.
C. After reading the story to the children, I will give opportunities for all children to be involved in a discussion being in relation to the book and to answer any open ended questions.
2- Fruit recognition activity – group of 12 children sat in a circle with me and another adult. Adult will ask the children if they are any fruits which the children recognise and are there any likes/dislikes.
A. By placing the laminated pictures (which I have made) in the middle of the circle, and asking the children if they recognise the fruit, discuss the colour, texture and shape. These pictures will also be used by another adult on a different table, as part of a pair’s activity during the session.
B. Explain to the children about the fruit kebab making activity which they can take part in throughout the session.
3- Fruit kebab activity- 2 groups of six, myself and one other adult. Adult will demonstrate to the children how to make the fruit kebab (using a picture of a fruit kebab with a sequence/pattern to follow). Check if any children have allergies to the different types of fruit in the activity.
A. Prepare for the activity - resources; fruit, plastic knifes, plastic plates, table clothes, laminated pictures, aprons, straws to use as kebab sticks, as a safer option, list of children's names, name label.
B. prepare the table, lay out the table cloth, 6 aprons on the back of each chair, wash and peel the fruit, place in 6 separate bowls for each type of fruit. Put plastic knives, straws and laminated pictures on the table.
C. Ask your first group of children if they wish to participate in the activity. With another adult line up the children to wash their hands, put their apron on and sit ready at the table.
D. Ask the children if they recognise the different fruit on the kebab (as previously discussed in circle time). Place laminated kebab picture In front of each child, to assist them with making their fruit kebab. Talk about the Safety of using plastic knives.
E. Demonstrate making a fruit kebab, how to thread the fruit onto the straw and choose the fruit which matches the picture. Ask children open ended questions for example: what is their favourite fruit? Which fruits have they tried before?
F. Supervise the children with 2 adults to support and assist as needed. E.g, cutting fruit, threading fruit, discuss using senses (smell, touch) - taste at snack time.
After carrying out the activity I realise there are a lot of things I may change if I was to do it again. Whilst reading Handas surprise the children concentrated really