Transform a simple menu into a work of art! Let your child unleash her inner artist on tonight's menu for a beautiful display that the whole family can enjoy. She'll practice sorting while familiarizing herself with the basic components of a meal.
What You Do:
- Start with a basic menu. Sit down with your child and explain that she is going to take your boring, ho-hum menu and turn it into something special. Focus on the list of foods you will serve. With your help, have her sort the items into main dishes, side dishes, beverages and desserts.
- Prepare the text for the menu. Have your daughter create a heading for each menu item with markers and paper. Get creative and encourage her to come up with a name for your "family restaurant." Alternatively, allow her to type out the headings instead of writing them down. If she uses a computer, she'll have access to some fancy fonts.
- Let her take pictures of the food you will be serving. Print the pictures out and set them alongside their matching headings.
- Experiment with logos for your fictional restaurant. Your child may need a little help understanding what this is. McDonald’s has the golden arches. Chili’s has the hot pepper. Pasta House Company uses a tomato. Have her take a few moments to design a logo.
- Now it’s time to put the various elements together. Glue the headings and photos onto your menu paper. Don't forget to add in your restaurant's name and logo!
- When it's time to eat, place your child's menu on display. Now everyone in the family will get to admire her work!
If your child enjoyed this activity, encourage her to get more involved in the meal-planning process. Next time, she can pick out the food at the grocery store and create a menu to go along with it!