I saw a cute idea in an Australian Woman’s Weekly kids cookbook some years ago. A face made from a rice cake with olive eyes, capsicum mouth, and alfalfa hair. I decided to give it a try. Rather than have the children replicate this though, I thought I would give them ingredients and let them create their hearts desire. They had rice cakes, cream cheese, capsicum, cucumber and cheese slices. The alfalfa would have been fun, or even cress, but neither were available.
Most of the children chose to make faces, but we had a few abstracts and patterns too.
The children took their own photos (these are just some). They might choose to make a recipe book and this would make a great front cover!
A fast and easy activity.
At the end of the first week back, the school put on an Eid celebration social. We had very little time to prepare decorations. Lanterns were the perfect choice as Fanooz lanterns feature in Eid celebrations. They are fast to create, and gave us a snapshot of how well children are able to use the scissors and follow instruction. It is also a fast and easy way to add some pizzaz to the room (especially at the beginning of the year) using the childrens work. Very popular also, only a couple of the children weren't interested in making one.
A few weeks later a teacher of the younger children asked for the template to make some. They decorated them before folding and cutting the paper so they look much more interesting and creative than our 'made in a hurry' ones.
p.s. I know most people will have made these but just in case you haven't - I have a 1 page A4 template for the lanterns. Happy to email it if anyone wants it. I just photocopy the template straight onto coloured paper and the children do the rest.