I was so excited because I just knew I'd be able to use this one with many of the kids on my caseload. This 51-page packet includes 5 different food category games, crafts and activities designed to target a variety of common early language goals. I really love it, and I'm sure you're going to love it, too!
The first activity in the pack is a pack of black and white worksheets called Food Sort.
There are three different worksheets, each comparing two different food groups. Each page contains a written objective and directions for use, as well as descriptions of each category. The children cut out the food items on the bottom of the page and glue them in the appropriate box. This is great activity for sorting categories, but also for working on vocabulary and and comparing and contrasting.
The next activity features a worksheet for each food group with silhouettes of food items in that group. It includes corresponding pages with food items to cut and paste, and suggestions for use. These pages can be used as a direction following activity, talking about similarities and differences, learning attributes, and answering WH- questions. It's so versatile, and keeps the children engaged with cutting, coloring and gluing. So fun!
The third activity is one for comparing and contrasting food items. It includes two cubes to cut out and assemble and a wonderful visual aid poster that gives fabulous information to help them compare and contrast the food items. I can't wait to try this one in January when I do my Grocery Store unit! It was easy to prep and I'm sure the kids will love it!
The fourth activity is the Monkey Grocery Grab game. This cute activity includes a cube to roll, a basket to fill, and a variety of food items to put in the basket. Depending on the level of the children you are working with, you can either let them cut and paste the basket and cube, or you could do it beforehand. To play the game, each child rolls his or her own cube, and finds a food item that matches the category to place in the basket. The first child to fill his or her own basket wins! This would be a great activity to send home with the children as homework, don't you think? I know my students always love to take home materials they make in my speech room.
The fifth activity is the Hungry Monkey Board Game, and it is so much fun! You attach a darling monkey face to an empty tissue box and cut a hole in his mouth to feed him. It includes this game board and food pieces...
...and these adorable game cards. Aren't they so cute? You print them double-sided so they have graphics on the front and back. What a great idea! It makes it so easy to keep them separated at a glance. To play, players roll the dice, move their game piece the corresponding number of spaces, and follow the direction on the space. They draw cards, find an item that matches the description on the card, and feed the item to the monkey. The first person to the finish line wins! This is just so fun! You can play this game using one set of cards, or multiple, depending on the students' needs.
I think this is a fabulous product, and one you should consider adding to your collection. Here's what I like about it:
- It's a very comprehensive, well-designed product for learning about basic food groups
- There are both color and black-and-white activities, which is always great for saving ink
- The graphics are neat and appealing
- It is so versatile; I can use this product for a variety of goals and with students at a variety of skill levels
- It includes clear directions for each activity and suggestions for use to target specific goals
- I know the kids will enjoy using it!