5 5. In some cultures, the entry to kitchen is generally restricted to a particular gender, so the excluded gender doesn't even know how much effort is put in making a simple meal.
6 6. In some of the affluent households, a separate domestic staff cooks for the family due to which the elders in the family do not spend time with their children outside the bedrooms/TV halls. So practically no time is spend in the kitchen with the children.
Let them have a feel of walking in the farm and plucking a few of the veggies/fruits in their own baskets. Help them to clean their collected fruits/veggies. If the farm is far away, take them for a whole day. The day can start with a walk around the farm with the farmers, a ride on the bullock cart, a date with the farm animals and then a stop at one of the corners to plant or pluck some fruits/veggies. You can ask them to have their lunch in the farm itself and follow it with a short nap under a banyan tree.
favourite farmers/ vegetable sellers and get some veggies and fruits in a basket. Tell them they will not buy anything especially for this market but get it from whatever is available in their mother’s kitchen. Invite the parents to come and attend the market. Tell the children that they are supposed to sell all the things available in their baskets. They are free to charge whatever they want as far as their prices are affordable. Tell them they can take tips from their parents. Also, once they sell their basket, they can go around and buy whatever they like from others. Make some Fake paper money and give it to all the veggie sellers before the market is open for parents. At the end of the class, ask all of them to come one by one and show you whatever they managed to sell and buy.
kitchen. Tell the children to get along their favourite raw vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots or tomatoes. Provide them with a pair of bread slice/ Monaco biscuits or any other form of bread; some butter, jam or ketchup and/or nuts/raisins/dry fruits (consult their parents/ according to their preferences). Tell them to cut the edges of the bread slices and cut them into shapes of their choices such as triangles or circles. Help them to make their own sandwiches with sunshine smiles or any other design of their choice. Ask them to clear their tables, wash their hands and then share their sandwiches with their best friends.
order but leave on their plates? Introduce them to the concept of giving extra/ unwanted food to those who can’t afford to buy it. Keep telling them about the importance of food for some days before asking them to get their favourite food, be it junk food or any other traditional dish they like on a Saturday. Tell them that they need to eat their lunch and finish everything that is put in their plate/lunch box. Before they start eating, tell them that they need to be sure about whether they will be able to eat everything that is available in their plate/lunch box. If not then they need to keep aside that portion so that it can be eaten by other children who are poor or unable to buy food for them.
Sadly, in many modern families, mothers complain about children being least interested in eating food. We can create interest in them about food by engaging them in simple activities revolving around food, its production, supply and consumption. And while we do so we can also inculcate some essential life skills through simple food activities. Many times parents are little hesitant to let their kids enter kitchen at home. They feel children will litter the place and the output will lead to nothing but wastage of food items and space. But little do they realise that children learn the best when they do things themselves.
So let them loosen up and learn some life skills through simple food activities.