This at-home family activity is courtesy of our friends at ChopChopFamily.org, an organization teaching all communities cooking as a lifetime skill and solution to achieving overall health and well-being.
This is a great way to infuse an everyday occurrence with creativity.
While waiting for dinner to cook, or while you cook, your child can “follow” your recipes and invent a restaurant with all their favorite dishes.
Child/ren draws a picture of each dish and writes a description for each dish on the menu based on their observations of home-cooking
Child/ren invent fun names for each dish, and the restaurant itself.
Child/ren creates a menu with the different kinds of food they will serve and creates prices for each dish.
TIP: can make a “draft” menu on scrap paper and “final” menu on another piece.
Arrange chairs and go to your child’s restaurant. Order off the menu, and have your child bring you the drawings of their food.
Ask for the check and help your child do the math to add up all the dishes and present the check at the end of the “meal.”