The aim of this session is to help children understand that breakfast is an important meal that should be eaten everyday and include food and a drink. The main activity, ‘Have a go’, involves preparing a healthy breakfast smoothie where children will learn about getting ready to cook, the ingredients, food preparation skills and how to make a smoothie.
Listen and respond
Prepare the ingredients and equipment in advance. What you will need is listed on the Super smoothie recipe. Discuss breakfast by questioning the children:
What is breakfast?
What did you have to eat and drink for breakfast today?
Explain that breakfast is important because it is the first meal of the day. It helps our bodies wake up and work properly so we can think and play. We must have something to eat and drink for breakfast everyday. Explain that you will be showing them how to make a healthy breakfast drink called a smoothie. Show children the fruit smoothie ingredients, one at a time, and pose the following questions:
- What is this called?
- Have you tried it before?
- What does it taste like?
- Where does it come from? (Milk – dairy cow, yogurt – milk, strawberries from a plant, banana from a plant.)
Explain that milk and yogurt help our bones and teeth grow strong and fruit helps us to stay well. These foods can be used to make a healthy breakfast drink.
Choose a child to model what we have to do before we start cooking. Remember, make sure you are ready to cook as well. You need to:
- Remove any jewellery;
- Tie back long hair;
- Roll up long sleeves;
- Put on an apron;
- Wash and dry hands carefully.
Display the ‘Getting ready to cook’ cards to help the children remember what they have to do. Cut out and laminate these before the session. Explain that it is important to do each of these actions to keep hair, clothing and dirt out of our food so it is clean and safe to eat. Demonstrate how a fruit smoothie is made using the Super smoothie recipe. Emphasise that a blender must only be used by an adult.No blender? Try layering different types of yogurt and fruit together to create a stripy
breakfast dish. Use a clear plastic cup so the layering can be seen.
Have a go
Organise the children into groups of 4. Each group can take turns to work with an adult to make a fruit smoothie. Remember to ensure the children have followed all
the steps to make sure they are ready to cook, e.g. apron on, hands washed. You could try different ingredients in the smoothie. For example, instead of strawberries,
you could try options such frozen berries or canned fruit, like peaches. For this session, choose soft fruit which can easily be prepared by the children without the use of a knife, e.g. satsumas, seedless grapes, raspberries.
Get the children to paint a picture of their favourite breakfast food and drink, for display.
Make a copy of the ‘At home’ sheet for each of the children. Explain to the children what the letter says and enthuse them about having a go at making a smoothie at home with their parent or carer.
Give the children different fruits to name, handle and smell.
Let the children taste small samples of different fruits. Ensure the fruit is cut to the right size to avoid choking.
Show the children how to peel fruit, such as bananas and satsumas.
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