Food Activities

Food activities are a great way to teach children about different types of foods, and to involve them in food preparation. There are countless ways that you can use foods to engage children, and here are just a couple of suggestions:

Growing seeds

Try planting parsley, chives, bean sprouts, mung beans or basil seeds. Get your children to water and fertilise the seeds, and then use the seeds in salads or for cooking.

Herbs and spices for smelling

Put a variety of herbs and spices in separate jars and have your children smell each one so that they become familiar with the different scents. Some herbs and spices that are particularly aromatic include sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, oregano, dill, spearmint, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, turmeric and paprika.

Food Art

This can be done with harder fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, apples, carrots, capsicum etc. Simply cut different designs (such as a cross, circle, square or triangle) into different foods, paint the shapes with brightly coloured paint and stamp the food onto paper to create colourful designs.
You can also make collages with macaroni, which comes in different shapes and colours and is easy to glue onto paper.

Food Music

All you need to do is fill jars or bottles with beans or rice and secure the lid. These can be used as castanets to make different sounds. Jars can also be filled with varying amounts of liquid, that make different pitch sounds when hit with a spoon or a stick.


There are plenty of places to visit where children can learn about different foods, and where they come from. Visiting the farm is both fun and educational, though can be time consuming. If a visit to the farm is not convenient, why not take your kids to the market, or even to the bakery, butcher or supermarket? Try sampling the food available while you are there, and remember to talk about why that food is nutritious.

Published: 2008

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