Space snacks

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Have fun creating some nutritious space-related food and drink


Healthy refreshments

Arrange a safe cooking area for the children to make healthy space-themed meals, drinks and treats. Store clean aprons in the area and make sure that hand-washing facilities are available nearby. Involve the children in tidying and cleaning the area and emphasise the importance of hygiene routines such as cleaning surfaces, putting rubbish into bins, keeping certain foods cool, washing hands, tying back long hair, wearing aprons and so on.

Display posters of healthy foods. Encourage the children to make up healthy space-themed recipes and to draw or paint pictures to show the finished meal. Stimulate ideas by suggesting themes, for example, a spaceman’s supper, an alien’s stew or a moonlight dinner. Display the pictures on the wall with captions, scribed by the children, explaining the ingredients. If possible, and with parental permission, take the children to buy the ingredients for a particular activity.

Ask for parental permission for the children to handle and taste foods. Check for any food allergies and dietary requirements. Ensure that a responsible adult supervises the children while using the cooking area.

Suggested resources

Safe and clean area with suitable cooking and food storing equipment; clean aprons; hand-washing facilities; cleaning equipment; posters of healthy foods; pictures drawn or painted by the children.

1. Drinks in space

Make some juicy rocket fuel and Milky Way smoothies

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Exploration and Investigation

Development matters: show an interest in why things happen (22-36 months); show an awareness of change (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.

What you need

Group size: small groups. Cooking area; citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, tangerines and lemons (cut in half); runny honey; juicer; berry fruits such as raspberries, strawberries or blackberries; semi-skimmed or skimmed milk; large plastic jug; hand whisk.

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