Taste Test

Taste Test (Science)

Unseen or blindfold taste testing can be a fun way to help children learn about and try out new fruit and vegetables, extend there vocabulary in order to describe what they are trying and to explore the concepts of the different kinds of tastes; Sweet, Sour, Salty and Umami (found in tomatoes).

You can turn it into a competitive games or maybe link it to a story or topic you are exploring.


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Shadow Puppetry

Shadow Puppetry (English & Design and Technology)

Shadow play is used extensively as a means of storytelling in Fit For a King. Here are some simple ideas you might want to try out in your classroom. These techniques can be used:

  • By you in the telling of established stories.
  • By your class in recreating moments from their favourite stories.
  • By you and your class to create new stories.

Use an overhead projector and white sheet stretched or hung to create the light source and screen. Experiment with the following to create images on the screen:

  • Everyday objects, such as beads, string, plastic bottles. Each object has an inherent quality of movement, see if you can find it. Experiment with lifting them closer to the light source.
  • Coloured cellophane. Overlay different colours. Use them to suggest the quality of water
  • Sand. If possible place this on a Perspex sheet so as not to scratch the screen of the projector. Roll the sand in an even thin layer and then draw with a slightly wet finger. This could be used to create the outline of buildings such as a castle or palace, or to create the skyline to an ancient city.
  • Fingers. Use your fingers as puppets. Move them against the screen of the projector. Experiment with different types of finger movement to suggest different characteristics.
  • People. Stand between the projector and white sheet. The closer you get to the projector the larger your shadow will be. For a more expressive outline always work in profile. Experiment with the different shapes and sizes you can get your shadow to make.
  • Puppets. To create simple puppets, use pipe cleaners or wire to make simple figures of people. Fill in the gaps with coloured cellophane. Practice moving them on the screen of the projector. Provide voices for the characters. Allow them to be hot seated by the class.
  • Paper. Experiment with cutting and ripping paper and placing on the screen. Use to create environments such as a cave.


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Making a class food diary

What did we eat today? –
Making a class food diary (Design and Technology)

Ask your class to try and remember what they had to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on one particular day. Write or draw their answers under the 3 meal headings on your Interactive White Board (IWB) or on large sheets of paper.

Once you have compiled the 3 mini lists of pictures of meals, see if they can sort their class list of food into the 4 food groups.

You might want to use the link to the Eatwell plate to help you with visuals. See below for how to use the visuals on your IWB.

This site explains the government’s award winning Eatwell plate and how to use it to explore what it means to have a balanced diet. It has some great images for you to use on your IWB.

Eatwell plate

Then using paper plates, tissue paper, felt tip pens and a selection of recycled and craft materials ask them to make some 3D plates of their favourite meals that also represent a balanced plate of food.

In Fit for A King this is how Cookie explains a balanced diet and the different foods we need to eat to Prince Yannis:

  • Foods that give us energy – bread, rice, pasta
  • Foods that help us grow strong – fish cheese lentils chicken chickpeas
  • Foods that have lots of vitamins and minerals – vegetables and fruits
  • Treats – those foods that contain lots of salt, sugar and fat like sweets crisps biscuits and fizzy pop


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Creating a Foodie Corner

Creating a ‘Foodie Corner’ (English and Science)

In your role play area leave some objects and props for the children to create the setting for The Royal Banquet. Things to include might be: napkins, candle holders, bright fabric for chairs and tables, metal cutlery, metal and plastic serving dishes and plates, fruit bowls, plastic flowers.

You could leave some play food and costumes as well so they could act out being at the Banquet as the guests. It might be exciting to create a kitchen area too for making the imaginary dishes for the celebration.


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The Healthy Life Book

The Healthy Life Book (English & Design and Technology)

Now that Prince Yannis has become king he has promised to try and lead a healthy life. You could create a class book called The Healthy Life Book to help King Yannis to remind him of all the things the Cookie and the children told him.

You could divide the class into 3 groups and make each responsible for a ‘chapter’ of the book detailing the different aspects of King Yannis’ healthy life. A fourth group could design the foot cover.

In his Coronation speech he promised to

  • Eat healthy food
  • Do more exercise
  • Keep himself clean

The book could take the form of labelled pictures drawn by the children or cut from magazines or they could write sentences.


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Menu for the Royal Banquet

The Menu for the Royal Banquet (English)

This is a writing activity where the children make menu cards for the guests attending the Royal Banquet.

Explanation for the children:

At the Royal Banquet the guests will be sitting down to enjoy what (put the name of your class in here) have decided will be delicious and healthy food. The table will be looking lovely with a table cloth, napkins, glasses, candles and all those plates of yummy food to chose from.

Can you make a menu card for each guest with a list of all the delicious and healthy food they can chose from?

Can you give your dishes special names to make them sound even more yummy? Can you decorate the menu card with pictures of the food as well?

Here’s some ideas to help the children get started:

  • Princess Pizza
  • Super Salad
  • Champions Chickpea Curry
  • Fabulous Fruit Cocktail
  • Dragon Chasing Vegetable Soup
  • Royal Fruit Smoothie


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Food poems


Mummy made pancakes on Tuesday
She tossed them in the air
One fell on the floor
Two fell on the floor
One fell on the cooker
One fell on the grate
But lucky me I got three
Because they fell on my plate.
Glenn O’Neill 

249794452Berry Picking

Strawberries –
Yum, yum, yummy!
One for the pail
One for the tummy!One to save
And one to taste –
Lots to pick and none to waste!
Bobbi Katz

249794452The Meal

Timothy Tompkins had turnips and tea.
The turnips were tiny.
He ate at least three.
And then, for dessert,
He had onions and ice.
He liked them so much
That he ordered it twice.
He had two cups of ketchup,
A prune and a pickle.
“Delicious”, said Timothy.
“Well worth a nickel.”
He folded his napkin
And hastened to add,
“It’s one of the loveliest breakfasts I’ve had.”
Karla Kuskin


249794452Five Fish Fingers

Five fish fingers – spread out on the
I like to eat them – they taste just great.
Five fish fingers – not one more.
Take a big bite – now there’s four.
Four fish fingers -just for me.
Take a big bite -now there’s three
Three fish fingers -what shall I do?
Take a big bite -now there’s two.
Two fish fingers -oh what fun.
Take a big bite -now there’s one.
One fish finger -left all alone.
Take a big bite -now there’s none.


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Healthy Lifestyle Activities


Blindfold Taste Challenge
Choose some foods that will explore different taste sensations and may encourage the children to try new foods.  Put some of these foods on a plate and cover with a cloth.

Blindfold a volunteer from the class, and get them to taste the different foods. This is a good way to explore the concepts of sweet, salty and sour.  It also encourages the children to extend their vocabulary by finding words to describe different tastes.


Ask your class to name as many superheroes as they can and their special powers.  Now get them to choose their favourite fruit or vegetable.  Ask them to invent a brand new superhero with a special power which is gained from eating that fruit or vegetable.

For example:
Carrot-Man!  He can see in the dark!
Broccoli-Boy!  He can lift anything!
Apple-Girl!  Her smile is dazzling!

249794452Drama and role play ideas

Imaginative Play Areas:

There is lots of opportunity to explore healthy diets and lifestyles through role play.

Some play-area ideas:

A Café
A grocery shop
A picnic in the countryside
King Yannis’ banquet.

Objects can be collected or made by the children before it is used to explore health education.  It can be created by the teacher using real food, or play food.

The children can use the areas for free play or the teacher can introduce a story set in the area.  The teacher could also take on a role in the area as a customer, or cook, or special guest.  New objects can be placed in the area to explore a particular learning objective.

Key discussion points:

  • What kind of healthy foods could we serve or sell?
  • How will we encourage people to eat-in/buy from our shop?
  • What kind of food would King Yannis like at his banquet?
  • What kind of foods are suitable for a picnic?



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Physical Games

The Bean Game

Aim:  To increase the children’s heart rate and to have fun.
This activity can be used as a warm up game for either drama sessions or coincide with P.E

Time allocation:  15 mins

This game can be played in the hall or playground. The teacher shouts out the instructions below in a random order and the children have to do the action for each instruction:

runner bean – run on the spot
string bean – hold hands and in a long string snake around the room
jumping bean– jump up and down
jelly bean – wobble like a jelly
broad bean – make yourself as wide as possible.
chilli bean – shiver
baked bean – sun bathe

Fruit Bowl

Aim:  To increase heart rate and for fun.
Time allocation: 15 mins

Start with all the children sat on chairs in a circle and name all the children either an apple, orange or lemon.

One person stands in the middle of the circle, their chair is removed and they shout either Apple, Orange or Lemon. When one of the fruits is called all the people in that category get up and move to a vacant chair. You can’t move to a chair next to you, and once your bottom has left the chair you must move.

Or the person in the middle can shout “Fruit Bowl” then everyone gets up and moves.

The Dragon’s Cave

Aim: To increase children’s spatial awareness and co-ordination and control
Time allocation: 10 minutes.

1. A child plays the part of the sleeping dragon at one end of the space facing the wall.  When the dragon begins snoring the game has begun.
2. The rest of the class must sneak silently towards the dragon to steal the golden scarf that is tucked into the waist band of the child playing the dragon.
3.  The dragon may turn around and snarl at any time, and if they spot anyone moving they send them back to the beginning.

Do, do, do, as I do!

This game is similar to follow my leader. Everybody walks round in a circle, chanting “Do, do, do as I do, don’t worry!” over and over again together. Whoever is chosen to go into the middle must invent a move for everybody to copy as they move around the circle. After a while they choose someone to take over by tapping them on a the shoulder. Then it is that person’s chance to invent a new move.

During the game everybody must keep moving!

The Prince’s Olympics

The Prince was invited to the Dragon chasing competition.  What other events could be part of the Prince’s Olympics?  For example:

Climbing Rapunzel’s Hair.
Golden Egg and spoon racing.
Catapult Challenge.

After discussion the children’s ideas could be tried out in P.E.


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