I started a new cooking class called Little Chefs as part of the Miss Mancy’s Fall Curriculum at the Social Mind Center. The idea is to expose children to a variety of foods, smells, textures and tastes. This is especially helpful for children that are picky eaters. Since our focus at SMC is Social Communication, we utilize this class to teach important social skills during the group interaction as well as teaching children how to host a play date!
For our first class, we made beautiful fruit pizzas!
You Will Need:
- One medium size watermelon
- Melons (1/4 inch slices)
- cookie cutters
Each child began by cutting out shapes from different melon. It helps if the melon is not cut too thick so that the cookie cutters can cut threw easily.
We sliced the grapes and the strawberries.
Each child got a one-inch ROUND slice of watermelon and they were then free to decorate their fruit pizzas with their favorite fruits.
You would be surprised to see how challenging this activity can be for children who do not enjoy getting messy. The wet texture of the fruit was a challenge to many but they went along with it and asked to wipe their hands several times. I placed paper towels next to each of them and didn’t make a big deal out of it but reminded them that it’s ok to get dirty, we will wash up at the end.
The aroma of the fruit was wonderful to some but overwhelming to others! This is great exposure to foods that they would otherwise never touch!!!
I didn’t want the children using knives for the first class until I get to see their safety awareness, so the use of cookie cutters makes this activity activity appropriate even for little ones.
The results are beautiful and the children enjoyed sharing their pizzas with staff and parents!