Celebration of Food

1. Sensory Exploration with Ingredients: Provide safe, child-friendly ingredients from the recipe for children to touch, smell, and explore sensory aspects of food preparation.

2. Kitchen Play: Set up a pretend kitchen area with toy cooking utensils, pots, and pans. Encourage imaginative play and mimic cooking activities with play food. 

Role-playing as Chefs: Provide dress-up clothes or aprons for children to pretend to be chefs. Encourage them to “cook” and serve imaginary meals to stuffed animals or dolls.

3. Storytime with Food Books: Read children’s books about Black food culture and traditions. Choose colorful books that depict food-related stories and family gatherings.

4. Cooking Together: Involve children in simple cooking tasks such as stirring, pouring, or mixing ingredients under close supervision. Emphasize safety and basic kitchen skills.

5. Tasting Session: Arrange a tasting session with small portions of different ingredients used in the recipe. Encourage children to taste and describe flavors.

6. Food Sorting Game: Use plastic food or real foods. Ask children to sort them into categories based on colors, shapes, or types of food. You might even want to have them reorganize the foods in the pantry by type.

7. Dough Play: Make homemade playdough together and add food coloring or scents like vanilla or cinnamon. Let children mold and shape the dough into food items.

8. Farmers Market Visit: Take a virtual or real trip to a farmers’ market to explore fresh produce. Talk about where food comes from and how it grows.

9. Food-themed Collage: Provide magazines, catalogs, food container labels (boxes, cans, ext.)  with pictures of food. Help children cut out and glue images to create a food-themed collage.

10. Family Recipe Book: Encourage families to share their favorite recipes and food stories. Create a recipe book or collage featuring these contributions.

These activities are designed to promote sensory exploration, creativity, cultural appreciation, and basic culinary skills in young children while celebrating the significance of food within Black culture and family traditions. Adapt activities based on individual children’s interests and developmental levels, ensuring safety and supervision during cooking-related tasks.