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Snack Around the World: New Group Curriculum!

Do you have a group of kiddos eager to play with food?
We have everything you need to engage kids with fun activities designed to help them discover the superpower of cooking!
 Our first curriculum series, Snack Around the World, has six group cooking activities featuring games, stories, experiments, and crafts that introduce kids to global food traditions and techniques.

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What's Included:

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Facilitator Guides

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.

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Assessment Rubric

Track skill development in nutrition, culinary technique, creativity, preparation, collaboration, and sharing. For every skill demonstrated, facilitators distribute stickers to kids so they can track their own progress. Stickers fall into in six categories of adventurers: Trailblazers, Architects, Scientists, Cultivators, Wayfinders, and Chefs.

Take-Home Playbooks

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.

Equipping Kids with the Superpower of Cooking!

Why is cooking a superpower?

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.

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Ready to try Snack Around the World?

Our first group curriculum is still in production, but we have over 200 kids testing each activity this Spring with facilitators providing us with feedback for improvements. If you would be interested in joining our roster of test groups, contact us to get started. 

What people are saying...

"The kids love this so much. Every time we do this, they ask to do it every week."
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Ms. Kyla
Communities in Schools Site Coordinator
"This was exactly what needed."
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Ms. Carly
YCAP Leader
"The kids were so proud, saying 'It's delicious, I MADE this!' Yes you did!"
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Ms. Courtney
Communities in Schools Intern

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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