KEVIN AND THE WICKED PARSNIP'S FESTIVE CHALLENGES

Join Kevin, Katie and Pascal the wicked parsnip on their adventures with these curriculum-linked, fun and festive challenges.

These quick challenges explore Kevin the carrots story through a wide range of subjects. The activities are flexible and can be completed either independently or in a sequence – try as many as you like! Remember to share your work as a showcase or by tweeting @AldiUK and @TeamGB using the #GetSetEatFresh.

Key learnings

  • The challenges each focus on a different subject including: Art and Design, Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Drama, Geography, Languages and Cooking skills.
  • Throughout the challenges take photos or keep examples of best work to create a final class display to share your Kevin the carrot story.

FILM DISCUSSION POINTS

Watch Kevin take on Pascal, the wicked parsnip.

  • How many fruits and vegetables can you spot during the video?
  • Why does Pascal hate carrots?
  • What food do you like to eat during the holidays?
  • What do you think will happen next?

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Join Kevin, Katie and the rotten Pascal on their twelve Get Set to Eat Fresh festive challenges. 

Challenge one: create your carrot

Learning focus: Art and Design

Ask students to create their own festive keratin filled festive decorations by downloading one of our colour in sheets. Choose your favourites or create a whole set for the Christmas tree.

You can also decorate and cut out the images to use create your own Kevin or Katie stick puppet. These puppets can be used again in some of the challenges below, so make sure students keep their finished work safe.  

Challenge two: merry maths

Learning focus: Maths

Help Kevin and Katie solve one (or more) of these three maths challenges:

  1. Kevin and Katie are wrapping presents. Before being wrapped up Baby Carrot’s present weighed 24 grams, but now it weighs 30 grams. Using the bar model, can you find out the weight of the wrapping paper and tape that Kevin and Katie used?
  2. Jasper is making a delicious fruit salad. He has added 20 grams of grapes, 100 grams of bananas, 34 grams of oranges and 51 grams of melon to the bowl. Altogether the bowl of fruit salad weighs 250 grams. How much does the bowl weigh?
  3. Oh no – the wicked Pascal has been stealing baubles from the Christmas tree! The tree used to weigh 5,000 grams, but now it weighs 4,986 grams. If each bauble weighs 2 grams, how many baubles has Pascal stolen?

Challenge three: a carrot escape

Learning focus: Science/ D&T

Challenge students to help Kevin and family escape Pascal! Using one of their festive decorations as a test dummy, can pupils design and create a safety parachute, or inventive flying machine to help to family reach Santa’s sleigh in safety? 

Extension question: how would you need to adapt your design to support the weight of a real carrot?

Challenge four: perfect personification

Learning focus: English

In the video we meet Pascal, the wicked parsnip and “root of all evil”. But was he always so rotten? Challenge your students to invent a backstory for Pascal – has he been kidnapping carrots since his very first Christmas, or is this vegetable tragically misunderstood?

Challenge five: vegetable soup

Learning focus: PE

Get students active with a game of ‘vegetable soup’. In this action and memory game, each vegetable has its own movement. After introducing the movements, the teacher calls each out the vegetable and students complete the relevant movement. For example:

  • Carrot = strike your best hero pose (stand tall, hands on hips)
  • Parsnip = do the villain creep (sneak around on tip toe)
  • Brussel sprout = crouch down into a ball
  • Runner bean = run on the spot
  • Peas in a pod = bunch together in groups of three
  • Broad bean = stretch as wide as you can
  • Chilli bean = shiver and shake

This game can either be played as a quick warm up, or as a competition, with the last students to complete the movement eliminated in each round. Once complete, challenge students to come up with their own vegetable action to add to the game.

Challenge six: what happens next?

Learning focus: Drama

At the end of the film, we see Kevin is just reading Chanteney, Jasper and Baby Carrot a story. What tale do you think he should tell next? Challenge pupils to retell a classic fairy story using Kevin, Pascal and friends. Pupils can create a storyboard of their tale, or act out their story in small groups.

Challenge seven: celebrating carrots!

Learning focus: Science/ English

Challenge students to find out more about the carrot. Introduce one of Get Set to Eat Fresh’s vegetable profiles, what information do they provide? Ask students to research carrots and write their own vegetable profile. Remind students to find information about how carrots are grown, how they can be cooked and some extra interesting fun facts!

Challenge eight: around the world in eighty dishes

Learning focus: Geography

Like an Olympic athlete, on their adventures Santa, Kevin, Katie and co will get the chance to visit many countries. Divide the class into groups and assign each a former Olympic host nation (if also doing challenge nine, make sure each country is non-English speaking). Each group should research a Christmas or holiday tradition and dish from their country. The students can then write a report, or give a presentation to the class on what they find out.

For more information on former Olympic host nations, check out our On Tour with Team GB resources.

Challenge nine: Feliz Natal!

Learning focus: Languages/ Music

Building on their research, challenge students to find out how to say, ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘It’s delicious’ their country’s language and then teach the rest of the class.

Extension task: challenge confident groups to learn a Christmas song from another country, or select a song to learn as a class.

Challenge ten: seasonal snacks and festive feasts

Learning focus: Cooking – developing skills

Get Cooking as a class with our selection of healthy Christmas recipes!

Extension task: over the festive period a lot of food can go to waste. Challenge students to create their own recipe using Christmas or holiday dinner leftovers. Or check out our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle resources to explore food and packaging waste in more detail and run a student campaign.

Challenge eleven: vegetable rhymes

Learning focus: English

Explain to students that Kevin’s story is told through a poem. Watch the video again and help students to identify the rhyming words. Ask students to name their favourite fruit or vegetable – can they write their own vegetable poem that will encourage people to eat fresh throughout the holidays?

Challenge twelve: challenge complete!

Learning focus: Art and Design

Challenge complete! Create a class display using the best examples from each of your challenges to tell the story of your festive adventures! Or, test your festive general knowledge with Kevin’s Christmas and carrots quiz!

Don’t forget to showcase you hard work with the Get Set community or tweet @AldiUK and @TeamGB using the #GetSetEatFresh.

Student Resources

Chateney, Jasper and Baby Carrot Festive Decorations

Colour us in, cut us out, put us on the tree!

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Students can get creative with one of these festive lesson fillers.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Kevin, Katie and Pascal Festive Decorations

Colour us in, cut us out, put us on the tree!

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Students can get creative with one of these festive lesson fillers.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Kevin and Katie Cut Outs

Cut out your Kevin or Katie and take on one of our festive challenges!

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Use your cut out in a carrot escape, or what happens next challenges.

Recommended age group: 5-11

Kevin and Katie Festive Decorations

Colour us in, cut us out, put us on the tree!

Resource type: Activity sheet

Learning focus: Students can get creative with one of these festive lesson fillers.

Recommended age group: 5-11