- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Cooking in Class, Easter, Edible crafts, Featured, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Teaching Ideas Rainbows in my Tummy! Yummy Rainbow Pancakes! by Cheryl Villareal on Mar 14th, 2012
When cooking, one of the things chefs/cooks need to give importance to is the ay the food will be presented. I am always amazed at how they're able to design and create food in the most unique and mouth-watering ways! Well, I'm no chef... but I AM a preschool teacher! We preschool teachers might not be able to prepare food in a classy and sophisticated way, but we can get as artistic as we can!... and in my case a little messy! haha
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- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Edible crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Octopus and Squid Hotdogs for Snack Time by Cheryl Villareal on May 20th, 2011
Yum! Octopuses? Squids? Now I wonder what that would taste like! No worries, it's not a real octopus or squid, but it sure is a lot of fun to make! Not only will the little chefs have fun preparing it, but I'm sure they'd have fun eating it as well! I myself enjoyed it like a little girl!
What you will need
Hotdog (preferably balls or cocktail size)
Spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
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- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Cooking in Class, Easter, Edible crafts, Featured, Holiday crafts, Seasons, Spring, Teaching Ideas Painting Eggs with Food Coloring for Easter by Cheryl Villareal on Apr 17th, 2011
Easter is coming up in just a few days! I remember looking forward to this day because of the Easter Egg hunts! This week in class however, we let the kids try making their own egg salads (in line with our theme on food) and decorating their own eggs using food coloring! The activity turned out REALLY REALLY messy, but REALLY REALLY fun! Did I mention I ABSOLUTELY LOVE messy arts?? I feel these kinds of art activities are the ones that really giv... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Featured, Teaching Ideas Vegetable Salad for the Kids by Cheryl Villareal on Jan 15th, 2011
Ever tried letting kids eat their vegetables? Talk about a challenge! I used to trick my kids into eating their veggies by cutting it really small and covering it with lots of rice before feeding them! Just a small peak of the color green on their spoon would be chaotic! ...still, it doesn't hurt to try, and we did just that!
We tried to let our kids eat their healthy vegetables by having a vegetable salad making activity in class! They had a ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Featured, Stories, Teaching Ideas Warm Up with Some Stone Soup by Cheryl Villareal on Jan 9th, 2011
Ever heard of the story Stone Soup? I hear there are different versions of it, but I've only heard a few. My favorite version would be that by Ann McGovern because it simple depicts a young man outwitting the older woman. It does not really show that anyone was being boastful or mean. Warm up this winter season with a bowl of stone stoup!
Several kids enjoy this story. Some would really think that it was magic that turned the stone into soup,... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Featured, Teaching Ideas Ice Scramble for the Kids by Cheryl Villareal on Jan 6th, 2011
Ice scramble is a famous ice-based treat here in the Philippines. It is usually topped with various flavorings like milk, marshmallows and chocolate syrup. It started around 10 years ago and was only being sold by vendors along the street, today however, it can be found not only in almost every street corner but in almost every mall! Most Filipinos, including myself, really enjoy this yummy treat.
Even our toddlers were already familiar with i... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Featured, Fruits and Vegetables, Teaching Ideas Yummy Fruit Kebab! by Cheryl Villareal on Jan 5th, 2011
Most children love eating fruits, but adding a little twist to the fruits makes the experience even better for them! For our theme on food, we decided to make some fruit kebabs with the kids. The term "kebab" is a Persian or Indian term that means on a stick or skewer. This is usually meant for their famous chicken kebabs and the like. In our case, we decided to use fruits!
What you will need:
At least 5 kinds of fruits
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- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Taste Test with Popcorn by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 29th, 2010
I'm sure most of you have played the test test game with your students or kids, if not, I'm sure you've at least done it yourself. We let our kids try out different food that taste sweet, sour, salty and bitter. I especially love their reactions when they eat something sour! Thing is, not every child would want to taste something they are either not familiar with, or already know the taste of. So if I lay out some candy, lemon, coffee and potato ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Cooking in Class, Edible crafts, Featured, Halloween, Mothers' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Teaching Ideas Rainbow Bread by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 24th, 2010
Most kids enjoy painting and doing random art works. At most times, it is the only thing they want to do! Then again, a lot of kids also enjoy cooking. I think the fact that they are not yet allowed to do so on their own is what makes it more exciting for them. Painting and cooking; two great activities on their own. What more fun it would be if we could combine them. Well, who says we can't?
My co-teacher and I were trying to come u... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Featured, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Toques for the Little Chefs by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 22nd, 2010
Preschool just wouldn't be complete if we didn't get to cook a meal or two right? Kids need not cook difficult dishes to enjoy the experience. Just let them fry some hot dogs or any of their favorite food, and I guarantee they'll have a smile on their face when they're done. In fact, the simpler the meal, the better. It makes them feel that they actually could already cook!
Before taking out those pots and pans, we always enjoy dressing up fir... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )