Cook It Up
Learning to prepare food helps students build their self-esteem, confidence and sense of achievement, while developing valuable life skills. These are all benefits which will contribute to positive mental health. Earn this badge by giving students (and others) the chance to learn and practice the skills involved in preparing tasty, nutritious foods.
Ask students if they help in the kitchen at home and what tasks they help with. Ask them if they would like to learn and practice food preparation skills at school.
Find out if parents, teachers and students would like to learn more about cooking and opportunities to practice their food preparation skills. When planning activities find out what skills your participants already have so you can plan accordingly. Does the group need help with basic skills such as holding a knife properly or washing vegetable and fruit? Or is the group ready to follow a recipe from start to finish, with minimal assistance? Check out the Tools and Helpful Links for ideas!
Aim to use a variety of wholesome ingredients in your activities and choose local vegetables and fruit when possible. Use the Tips for Preparing Food at School and Kitchen Safety Tips (see Tools).
You don’t have to be a professional chef to teach students to prepare food. Just remember that they may have little kitchen experience, so explain things well and offer lots of encouragement. Choose at least one of the following activities/suggestions or come up with your own fun food preparation idea!