Do you have a group of kiddos eager to play with food?
We have everything you need to engage kids as they discover the superpower of cooking!
Our first kit, Snack Around the World, has six group cooking activities featuring games, stories, experiments, and crafts that introduce kids to global food traditions and techniques, while also encouraging them to build critical social and emotional skills.
Everything you need to facilitate kids playing with food, including step-by-step instructions and images for preparation, set-up, game rules, cooking techniques, and discussion prompts.
Our goal is for kids to be empowered, not just with nutrition education, but with critical skills for a life of flourishing. Our gamified assessment tools track “power-ups,” or behaviors indicating growth in culinary skills as well as other social and emotional life skills.
Every participant receives their own Playbook: an incomplete cookbook to which kids add their own signature style. Playbooks enhance the group experience by going deeper with the history, science, and cultural significance for each recipe. Every chapter has the same recipe they did in the group for them to replicate for others at home or elsewhere.
Our first kit is just about to go to print! We should have them ready within the month.
Kits cost $20 per participant and include facilitator guides, assessment tools, playbooks, and aprons. Scholarship kits are available!
Order your kits today!
Jamie* is in the third grade and had never tasted a green pepper before playing our game, Guacamole Gamble. When the dice rolled a six, she was challenged to add green pepper to her guacamole. After being assured that bell peppers were not a spicy kind of pepper, Jamie took a tentative bite, and discovered that not only did she like the pepper, she couldn’t wait to bring some home to her mom so they could try them together.
Why is this moment awesome?
Jamie and her teammates not only felt empowered to try something new, but also to let that excitement overflow in sharing it with others. All it took was tasting a pepper to spark amazing growth!
Learning about food and cooking is one of the best multidisciplinary, hands-on experiences we can offer children. Food Learning means learning about health, sustainable living, art, science, history, math, and global cultures. What’s more, learning about food catalyzes a multitude of critical life skills, including communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and adaptivity to failure. Best of all, when kids engage with their food, they become empowered to try new foods, to choose between nutrients, flavors, and cuisines, and to find joy in the process. This joy overflows in a desire to share their cooking superpower with their families and communities.
Is financial aid available for the kits?
If your group requires financial assistance to participate, contact us and we will work with your needs!
How many kids can I have in a group?
This curriculum could work with as few as two and as many as 30. The facilitator guide offers ingredient lists for groups of five and they are easily multiplied for larger groups. That said, larger groups may need some breakout sessions to make sure that all kids get hands-on with every activity.
What kind of groups can use this curriculum?
The curriculum could be used in classrooms, after school programs, camps, homeschool pods, or with families.
Do I need a kitchen to use this curriculum?
No! This first series, Snack Around the World, does not require heat sources, so you could use these activities in numerous spaces. You will need access to electricity and a blender. Future series may require a kitchen, but we will indicate that when necessary.
How much will we need to spend on ingredients?
We estimate that ingredients for all six activities for groups of 12 students will total about $150. This is not included in the kit.
Do I need to be a cooking expert to facilitate a group?
Not at all! In fact, some of our most exciting moments come when grownups are learning alongside kids. This shows kids that anyone at any age can learn something new, which makes them more likely to give new things a try!
How do I deal with safety concerns?
Taste Quest Facilitator Guides and recipes indicate in red any time there is a potential hazard, including sharp objects, heat sources, and common allergens. This way, facilitators are alerted to when to provide extra supervision. Depending on the ages and experience of the kids, and your comfort level, you can discern whether students are ready to practice using sharp tools or heat sources.