Exploring food doesn’t just need to take place in the kitchen. Get Fresh at home with our speaking games and activities for parents of children aged 7–11 years old.
Preparing food and eating healthily are basic life skills – we all need food to live! Learning about food encourages children to take responsibility for what they eat and their health. It also provides you with many fun opportunities to enjoy preparing, cooking and eating healthy fresh food together.
Exploring food, however, doesn’t just belong in the kitchen. It can also help your child to learn other skills in a fun and practical way. They use maths to measure ingredients and work out costs, develop dexterity and practical skills when using cooking equipment, and learn how to plan and make decisions and choices. Perhaps the simplest way to experiment with food is to talk about it! Discussing food can spark an interest in fresh ingredients and new recipe ideas whilst building important language skills.
It’s time to talk fresh!
Talking about food
If you have ever watched chefs tasting food on TV, you’ll know there are hundreds of words that can be used to describe the food we eat. Encourage your child to extend their vocabulary by asking them to describe:
Get Set to Eat Fresh word bank
What am I?
Build on new words by playing the following guessing game with your child. Take it in turns to describe a food and guess what it is, for example:
When you’re out shopping with your child, get talking and become food investigators!
Ask your child to help you divide the contents of your shopping basket into food that comes from the different parts of plants (roots, fruits, stems and so on).
If after all that food talk you feel ready to get cooking - how about experimenting with these child-friendly recipes?