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Exploring Diversity through Food
Food is an important part of culture and can provide a connection to a person’s family or country.
You can have an impact on the children in your childcare centre. Take time to celebrate cultural food practices. By exposing children to cooking and food activities, they will learn about foods from different cultural backgrounds. These activities don’t need to be complicated. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Use pictures of different foods from around the world. Talk about how foods are grown or produced, how they are prepared or served, and whether they are eaten alone or as part of a meal.
- Brainstorm dishes originating from other countries. Link those recipes to ingredients children may already be eating. For example, some children may not have tried tacos before, yet they may be familiar with chicken, cheese and sour cream.
- Try a new dish on your menu once a month. Talk to the children about where the dish originates from and ask them to explore the dish using their 5 senses. For example, you can ask: What color is it? What does it smell like? What does it taste like?
- Pick a recipe from your menu, give a copy to the children and have them decorate it. The children can bring it home and try it with their family.
Young children are naturally inclined to prefer flavours that are familiar to them. Be patient with children when you are exposing them to new foods and flavours. It can take up to 15 exposures to a food before a child becomes familiar with it.
Want to try a food activity?
Have them make their own tacos:
- Assemble ingredients such as cheese, cooked chicken or beef, sour cream, salsa, corn, etc. in individual bowls.
- Get children to choose the ingredients they want to add to their tortilla.
- Enjoy eating the tacos together.
Also try our Blueberry Skyscraper cooking activity