The aim of this session is for children to:
- to know food comes from plants or animals.
You will need:
-A selection of foods and/or food packaging, e.g. apples, onions, carrots, cabbage, herbs, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, a clean empty egg box, a clean empty milk carton, a clean empty yogurt pot, a can of tuna (unopened), a can of meat (unopened). If you are not able to use foods and/or food packaging, use the cards below.
-Where food comes from cards
Listen and respond
Show the children a selection of foods and/or food packaging. Ask the children to name each food and say where it comes from. The children might say ‘the shops,' but encourage them to think about where it comes from before it arrives at the shops. Question the children about each food and/or food package:
- What is this?
- Where does it come from? (Plant or animal.)
- (For fruit or vegetables.) Which part of the plant is this fruit or vegetable from?
- (For meat) Which animal do you think this food comes from?
Ask the children to come up and take a food or food package.
Note: make sure the packaging is safe for the children to handle. You should not allow children to handle packaging from raw meat or fish, or opened cans.
You could use the Where food comes from cards instead of food or food packaging. Cut the food image from the source image, just use the food image for the following activity.
Based on the food item, package or image they are holding, get the children to sort themselves into ‘foods from plants' and ‘foods from animals'. Check if the children have sorted themselves correctly and question them to see if they can explain more about the food they have, e.g. Which part of a plant does it come from? Which animal does it come from? At the end of the activity, summarise that all our food comes from plants or animals.
Have a go
In groups of four, ask the children to match foods with their sources. Use the questions and images from the Where food comes from cards. If you did not use the cards for the previous task, separate the food images from the source images and mix them around. Let children take turns to match the food with its source. When children are comfortable with which food comes from which source, e.g. strawberries from a strawberry plant, you can play pairs. You might reduce the number of cards for this activity. Turn the cards face down and allow the children, in turn, to choose two cards to try and find a pair. If they are successful, they can keep the pair, if they are not, they must return them.
You could organise a visit to an allotment or farm to give the children first hand experience of where some of their food comes from. Try growing your own foods from plants on the windowsill, e.g. cress.