Supplemental Cooking Matters Activities
Here you will find ideas for games and activities to complement Cooking Matters Instructor Guide ideas and themes. Let us know about any activities you’ve created as well. Have fun getting crafty!
Sugar Overload Activity
This activity is designed to enhance the Share Our Strength “Sugar Overload!” activity to provide a more engaging experience for participants. It utilizes team work and taps into their prior knowledge by having participants hypothesize the sugar content in 10 different beverages. Participants then use the laminated worksheet with vis-a-vis markers & calculators run the calculations and see what the real numbers are!
On this page you will find the pdf printouts for 10 beverages and food labels as well as the worksheet template for calculating the grams of sugar in each beverage, and instruction sheet.
In order for you to utilize this activity, we recommend printing out 3 of each beverage in color, 1 full set of food labels, and 10 worksheets. We laminated ours to ensure durability and ease of use. Then, just follow the instructions for executing this activity!
NUTRITION LABEL CARDS
Cooking Matters Trivia
In your Cooking Matters Instructor Guide you will have access to all of the Trivia Questions that we have printed and laminated to make the Trivia Board for Lesson 6. Below are links to the PDFs that include the set for each curriculum’s questions.
Healthy Options Twister
Engage participants in Kids classes with a healthy take on Twister. We have put together a series of documents to help you recreate this fun activity.
easy to follow template helps you calculate the teaspoons of fat in your fast food meal. Visually measure out the teaspoons of fat onto a plate — or put it on a hamburger bun to create a “Blubber Burger.” This eye-opening activity works well with all ages.
MyPlate Velcro Board
sort produce cards into their food groups. Velcro makes it easy to assemble and remove. Great for a kids class!
this visual is easy to pass around and can be used with food models
Create a Meal on Sale
this activity is part of Week 5 in the Adults and Parents books. Use this activity if you are doing a pop-up grocery store tour instead of going to a store for CMATS.
This activity is part of Week 4 in the Adults and Parents books. Use food cards to menu plan for the week. Major concepts include: eat from at least 3 food groups per meal, 2 food groups per snack, and 5 food groups per day, use what you already have on hand, and “cook once eat twice” to re-use leftovers for other meals throughout the week
Stretch Your Meal (Plan Ahead)
use what you already have on hand to brainstorm meal ideas.
Whole Grain Relay Race
sort food packages into two bags- one labeled “whole grains” and one labeled “refined grains”. The team that finishes first is the winner.
look at ingredient lists and the nutrition facts panels on real products.
What’s in Season?
Learn which produce grows in each season of the year
Match Portions with Protein
Vitamins and Minerals Resource Guide
Need a quick resource to use during class to answer participant questions about vitamins and minerals? This resource is for you. This resource is not intended for medical nutrition therapy.
fun, easy guessing game for kids. Use when waiting for food to finish cooking, or as a review activity at the beginning of class.