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My hotel has a client who wants me to do a presentation for an elementary school. I was thinking, what could get kids excited about cooking? What could I show them to motivate them to help their parents, or even start helping with the family cooking? The presentation as it is is very vague...9am-2PM...I don't know if it's the whole school, or If I would be going to the individual classes, or what. In the next couple of days, I will be getting more info, but I would like to hear ideas....assume for this, that I would be going around to different classes, or a few at a time in an assembly. Say 40 minutes, 5 times during the day....thanks, I want this to be educational, and something I could get a volunteer for....something to get the kids excited.
post #2 of 7
I would do a Healthy Tort Wrap. This could be someting they could do at home, and you could also cut it up in Pinwheels so they could try it themselves. There are many ideas of wraps and also many flavored wraps.

post #3 of 7
Perhaps as a grand finale, bananas foster or cherries jubilee with a giant flambee. I think if I were a kid again, that would get me excited about cooking.
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In my opinion, it ought to be something healthy, fun, easy, and pretty. Something as simple as dropping radishes in water to make the "flower" effect. Something very hands-on. Kids love that stuff. Oh, or pizzas! :)
post #5 of 7
It really has to be interactive and something with which the kids can relate (i.e. tie it to a character from a book, a season, etc). For the kids projects I do with my community service team:

Dr. Seuss Inspired - Green eggs, Daisy Head Maisy's Daisies (sugar cookies frosted with pastry bags loaded with funky colored forsting), Yurtle's Turtles (caramel with pretzel legs, covered in chocolate), Thidwick the Moose Chocolate Mousse (melted chocolate folded into hand-made whipped cream). All of these items have a food science, nutrition and interactive element to them.

Homemade playdough - and bring along food coloring so they can tint their own.

Pasta - they can roll the pasta through a cutter and even cook it off. Try tinting some of the dough so they can make tie-dyed fettucine

Pizza dough - and creat little pizzas with a portable convection toaster/oven

Napkin folding - get some inexpensive cotton/polyester napkins and demonstrate some folds, let them keep the napkin and then they can set the table at home

Fruit carving - some basic stuff, being careful that kids too young don't get to play with the knives. I do this with a group of 6th graders and there has never been an issue.

Table-side cooking - Bananas Foster, with variations using apples, berries, etc. And then serve it over ice cream so they can sample it.

Keep in mind, a 40-minutes presentation without getting hands-on is a loooong stretch to keep younger children's attention.

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post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the ideas, I have a better idea of what to do, now if that client would call back the csm. And yes, I think 40min is a looooooong time for kids of elementary school age. Thanks again.
post #7 of 7
Buckwheat blinis, oozing butter, with caviar. Ice cold vodka. Mos' def.

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