The last week before we break up for Christmas holidays is a magical time for children and teachers. It is hard not to buzz off the excitement of the little ones! The classroom is a hive of festive activity and it's nice to ease back on the hard work and do some fun activities. Last year we did something really special that kind of happened organically. We were discussing food which was our language topic. What started off as a conversation about Brussel Sprouts... turned into an idea for a food tasting lesson... but it turned into something far more magical and I think I can say that this is the cutest thing I have ever done with a class. Our very own mini Christmas dinner. It was so much fun!
As a class we discussed the following:
On the menu... turkey, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce!
To keep the preparation as simple as possible for all involved I bought most of the food ready made. But as the whole idea came about because most of the children had never tasted brussels sprouts we made sure to prepare these from scratch. Peeling the outer layers, boiling them gently (overcooking Brussels sprouts produces a sulfur-like smell which is usually what turns people off them). Don't forget to make them really tasty with some seasoning and KerryGold butter!
~Fun Fact~ some people have a gene, known as TAS2R38, that make Brussels sprouts and other cabbages taste bitter to them. I certainly don't, I could eat them like apples!
Check out the video of how it went... very cute I think you'll agree!
Dessert of Plum Pudding, mince pies and custard... wasn't quite as successful! lol
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