Art and Crafts: Today’s menu
A craft activity to revise the names of food and mealtimes.
Author: Marcelino Palacios Álvarez and Paco Santos Juanes
To review food and the three main meals of the day
Flashcards, coloured pencils, scissors, glue, Art and Crafts: Today’s menu Worksheet, an A4 sheet of paper or card
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, toast, cereal, pizza, ice cream, soup, bread
What’s for (breakfast/lunch/dinner)?
Extra vocabulary: today, menu
- Place flashcards of toast, cereal, pizza, ice cream, soup and bread on the board. Point to each flashcard saying the name of the food aloud: toast, cereal, pizza, ice cream, soup, bread.
- Write a different number below each flashcard, from 1 to 6. Say the name of the food shown on one of the flashcards and get the children to tell you which number it is. Then ask: What food is number 1? etc. Elicit answers from the children. Once each kind of food has been reviewed, write its name below the flashcard.
- Draw three big windows on the board (see worksheet) and write the meal corresponding to the time of day below each picture:
- Point to the flashcard of toast and, pointing at the picture of the window for lunch, say: Toast, for lunch? The children should answer No. Then say: Toast, for breakfast? Children answer Yes. Continue in the same way with the rest of the pictures.
- Explain what a menu is and tell the children they are going to make Today’s menu for a restaurant.
Making the cut-out
- The children cut out the menu (the big square) along the dashed line. (Optional) They can colour the pictures.
- The children fold the menu in half along the dotted line in the middle, leaving the lines and the pictures on the outside (this makes this step easier for them). Then they cut the six dashed lines starting from the folded edge, so that they end up with three tabs.
- The children unfold the menu and fold it in half again, but this time with the lines and pictures on the inside. They fold the tabs first one way, then the other (see picture 1 below). Then they open their menu a little and push the three tabs through to the inside (see picture 2 below). Next they close the menu and press firmly where the tabs are. When they open the menu, they will now see the pop-up tabs (see picture 3 below).
Completing the cut-out
- The children cut out the labels with the food words and match them with the meals on the menu (What’s for breakfast? etc). Make sure they have matched them correctly (breakfast with toast and cereal, lunch with pizza and ice cream, dinner with bread and soup). Then they glue the labels to the appropriate squares on the menu.
- The children cut out the squares with food pictures. (Optional) They can colour the food.
- The children match the pictures with the labels which they have just glued onto the menu, and glue each of the pictures to the appropriate shaded area on the tabs. When they open their menus, the food pictures will now pop up.
- The children take an A4 sheet of paper or card and fold it in half. They then glue the menu to the sheet (taking care not to put glue where the pop-ups are).
- Children decorate the front of their menu cards. They cut out the Today’s menu label and glue it to the front of the menu. They can then colour the words and draw pictures.
- You can talk to the class about the similarities and differences between British and Spanish meals.