Organizing food games for kids is a great idea to keep them engaged in constructive work while teaching them the food basics. It is good if children learn about food and nutrition through games rather than learning it from science textbooks. One of the excellent ways to help children learn their basics in food and nutrition is to make them learn through practical experience. It is too conventional to read about food nutrients or go through recipe books. At times, it becomes rather boring to browse through the food and nutrition theory. It is exciting to learn about it through real experience. And how else can this be done if not through food games!
Food is Good
For this game, you need to prepare a chart with two columns, one for the picture of a fruit or a vegetable and the other to write down the nutrients that food item contains. For example, if the first food item on your chart is an apple, you need to write the names of the main nutrients like protein and carbohydrate in the column opposite to the picture of the apple. Now, make a list of some commonly available foods. Get some fruits or vegetables from your refrigerator and place them on a table along with baskets, each labeled with one of the basic food nutrients. Ask the kids to place each of the food items in the appropriate basket depending on the nutrients it contains. The kids can refer to the chart or apply their own thinking in guessing the nutrients each fruit or vegetable has. For example, apples can be placed in the basket labeled protein or the one labeled carbohydrate.
What Goes In
Another food game for kids can be of matching food items with their ingredients. Prepare cards of pictures of different commonly known foodstuffs like a cake, a sandwich, an ice cream, a burger, etc. Prepare cards depicting pictures of the ingredients for these foodstuffs, like eggs, flour, cheese, and others. Ask the kids to match the food items with their ingredients. This food game helps the kids know about the ingredients of foodstuffs they frequently have. This can give them a general know-how of things like how sandwiches are made, what goes into baking a cake, what chocolates have, what are the ingredients required for making an omelet, etc.
You could organize a food quiz for the kids and help in enhancing their general knowledge about food and nutrition. The quiz can consist of questions about simple food recipes and nutrients in different foods. You could frame questions about the botanical details of some commonly consumed foods as also about their physical and nutritional characteristics. These quizzes encourage the kids to learn about what qualities their daily foods have, the variety of foods available in nature, and their nutritional values.
Cooking is Fun
Cooking sessions are a wonderful option to give the kids a practical experience of preparing a meal. Divide the kids into groups of three or four and ask each team to prepare something for a meal. Distribute some simple recipes among them and supply them with the ingredients needed for those recipes. To make it simple, you may also give them an instruction set to cook. Additionally, you may give them a set of health and hygiene tips and make sure they keep the kitchen neat and clean.
As a creativity exercise in cooking, you could give the kids one food item and ask them to brainstorm on the ways in which it can be used in cooking. Ask them to enlist the recipes that use it as an ingredient. Ask them to suggest innovative ways of cooking it or using it in different dishes. The inventive kids might come up with really interesting ways to include the given food item in a recipe. Some may innovate ways of cooking it. Enlisting recipes will make them think hard of the different food preparations that use the given ingredient. The game will be fun!
Food games give the kids an opportunity to learn about food and nutrition in fun and interesting ways. These games serve as excellent means to educate the children through fun and play. They give the kids an opportunity to learn through experimentation, and provide them with simple and interesting ways to learn the science of food. So, what are you waiting for? Spice up the next weekend with some food games for your kids.