Healthy Lunchboxes: Taste Testing - Trying new things
In order to make informed decisions about what ingredients to include in their pasta and fruit salads, children taste tested existing products available from supermarkets and a variety of ingredients; including three types of pasta, different meats, fish, vegetables and pasta salad dressings, and different fresh fruits that could be included in a fruit salad.
For many children, this was the first time they had tasted some of the ingredients. Not only did this enable children to gain a better understanding of ingredients that they could include in their dishes for this project, but also, by offering the opportunity to try new things, children are encouraged and empowered to be more daring in the foods that they eat at home, as well as being more aware of the importance of eating a wider variety of foods to maintain a healthy balanced diet.
'I didn't know what a courgette was before, but it was lovely - really crunchy and tasty!' - Anisa K
'I'd never tasted wholewheat pasta before. It was really nice - especially with the tomato dressing!' - Rachael D
'I had never tasted fresh blueberries or raspberries before; they were delicious!' - Skye W
Fantasy Torches - Design Inspirations
By researching different torch designs and exploring existing products to find out how they're made and how they work, children were able to make connections with how other battery operated products work, including many the devices they have at home. This enriched children's understanding of how electrical products in the real world are designed and made and inspired them to deisgn and make torches that were not only functional and practical, but also that were designed with a specific purpose and user in mind. Some children also had inspired ideas for battery powered devices that they could make at home.
'It's really clever how some electrical devices are designed and made so that they easier for children to use.' - Bella B
'I have an electronics set at home that I have never used, but now I know what to do, I am going to make a little electric fan that I can use to keep me cool in the summer!' - Alex W