The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more food. Learning may focus on where different foods originate from, what makes a healthy meal, opportunities to cook etc .
● Fruit and Vegetables Printing Look at the work of the artist Lynn Flavell. How does she represent fruit and vegetables? Can your child create a piece of artwork in the style of Lynn Flavell? Alternatively, your child could draw a still life sketch of a fruit or vegetable bowl just like this Vincent Van Gogh painting.
● The Healthy Eating Plate. Start by watching this video about healthy eating. Discuss with your child how lots of different things affect how healthy we are including what we eat and how active we are. Food plays a huge part in keeping us healthy and so we need to make sure we eat a variety of foods to get all the right vitamins and nutrients. Next watch this video all about how to arrange your plate in a healthy way. Explain how a healthy plate is an easy way to control portion sizes by simply filling up to half your plate with non starchy vegetables, one quarter with lean protein, and one with whole grains. After watching, ask your child to use the The healthy eating plate activity, to cut out the foods and stick them onto the plate in the correct proportions.
- The Healthy Eating Plate
● Healthy or Unhealthy? Collect food from the kitchen and ask your child to sort it into healthy and unhealthy foods. Is there anything on the packaging that might help do this quicker? After this, ask your child to create a poster all about healthy eating. Perhaps they could incorporate real food wrappers or labels into the poster to make it more eye-catching?
● Finding Favourite Foods-Ask your child to survey the family about their favourite foods. They could choose particular food types e.g. favourite fruit, vegetable, healthy snack, drink, etc. They might wish to call some family members so that they have more data to represent. Can they tally the information that they have collected? As a challenge, they could represent this as a pictogram by drawing the foods in each square and then complete the statements about their findings e.g. Strawberries are the most popular fruit.
- Tally and Bar chart with questions.
● Traditional Tastes-Many cultures have various food dishes to celebrate their festivals. For example, in England we cook pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Can your child create a fact file about a special food that is eaten in England during a festival? See herefor some inspiration. Why not have a go at making one of the dishes if you have the ingredients? You can also discuss traditional food that is enjoyed within your own family.
● Delicious Dishes- Can your child find out what the national dishes are for the following countries: England, Wales, Scotlandand Ireland? What do the dishes have in common? Where do the ingredients come from? After this, ask your child to choose a country of their choice and find out what the national dish is for that country. Is it very different to those dishes from the British Isles? Why?