The aim of this session is to reinforce the importance of having something healthy to eat and drink everyday for breakfast. The main activity, ‘Have a go’, involves selecting and adding a topping to toast. Children will taste different toppings, choose their favourite and prepare their own toast with the topping. They will re-cap on how to get ready to cook and explore equipment vocabulary.
Listen and respond
Prepare the ingredients and equipment needed to make toast. What you will need is listed on the Tasty toast recipe. Re-cap on messages from session 1 by questioning the children:
- What is breakfast?
- Why do we need to eat and drink at breakfast time? (To wake up our bodies so we can think and play.)
- How often do we need to eat breakfast? (Everyday.)
Explain that toast is a good, healthy breakfast choice because it helps keep us feeling full so we can work and play. Explain that we will be looking at how to make toast and then tasting different foods we can put on toast. They will prepare a toast breakfast for themselves and their favourite toy. Can the children name any foods they would put on toast? Re-cap on how we get ready to cook. You could ask a child to model what has to be done, as for session 1.
Show each piece of equipment and ask the children what each piece is called and what it does, e.g. knife – spreads and cuts, plate – holds food. Demonstrate how to make toast. Highlight safety points:
- Toasters should be used by older children and adults only because they get very hot and use electricity.
- When the toast has popped up it should be left for a while before it is removed to allow it to cool slightly. Tongs can be used to remove the toast.
- Nothing should ever be poked into the toaster because it is electrical.
When the toast is ready, place it on the chopping board. Show children the toppings available (see the recipe for ideas). Question them:
- What is this topping called?
- Who has tried it before?
- What does it taste like?
Demonstrate how to spread a topping on the toast evenly and safely. Show how you might add some additional fruit, e.g. sliced banana.
Have a go
Organise the children into groups of 4. Ensure that the children are ready to cook safely and that the work space is clean. You may like to show children the ‘Getting ready to cook cards’ from session 1 to remind them what they have to do. The adult in the group should prepare two slices of toast, cut them in half and spread/arrange a different topping on each half. Each half should then be cut into small, sample sized pieces so the children can try the different toppings. See ‘Tempting children to taste food’ guidance in the leader’s guide, page 9. Discuss the toppings with the children. Encourage them to use their senses and descriptive words to describe the tastes, e.g. cool, smooth, bitty. Provide 3 spreadable toppings, and 3 fruit or vegetables which can be used by the children to create their toast topping. See the Tasty toast recipe for ideas. Ask the children which topping they and their toy would like. The children will need to wash their hands after tasting the toast because their hands have been near their mouth.
When the children have chosen their favourite topping, help them to prepare their own toast. They could use cutters to make their toast into interesting shapes. When the toast is ready the children can invite their favourite toy to join them to eat the toast.
To reinforce the importance of breakfast and possible healthy options, allow the children to play the Breakfast pairs game. The game can be played with 2-4 players. Cut out and laminate the 12 cards. Shuffle, and turn them face down. Players take turns to turn over 2 cards to try and find a matching pair. If the 2 cards chosen do not match, they must be returned and placed face down. If the two cards chosen make a matching pair, they can be kept by the player. The player with the most pairs at the end is the winner.
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 keeping a breakfast diary with their parent/carer.
Allow the children to choose different toast toppings by handling, smelling and tasting.
Allow them to watch toppings being spread and let them have a go.