Matching Game: What to Use for This Meal?

What Do We Need?

  • Many different dinner utensils
  • Things you would use when making food
  • Things you would use when eating food
  • Thinks you would use for drinking 
    • For Example: forks, cups, coffee cups, tea cups, drinking glasses, straws, knives, spoons of various sizes, bowls of different sizes and materials, chopsticks, corn on the cob holders, pots, pans, spatulas, a whisk, cutting board, a strainer, a blender, a wok, etc.
  • Large piece of paper
  • Marker

What is Next?

  • Invite interested children to join you
  • Tell the children they will be doing a guessing and matching game with you about what to use when cooking and when eating different foods and drinks
  • Let them investigate the things you put out on the table.  Name each item so they know what to call it.  Tell them if they forget the name, they can point to the item
  • Ask them to figure out what things they would use when you name different foods.  They need to think of what they could use to cook it and then what they would use to eat or drink it.
  • To start; say something like: "I want to eat spaghetti - what would I need to cook it and what would I need to it?"
  • Make 2 columns on a large piece of paper.  Put the food or drink at the top of the list, in the middle.  Then make 2 columns under the name.  One column's title is "Need to make it" and the other is "Need to eat it"
  • Write down whatever the children say
  • If you want, you can put the child's name next to their suggestions
  • If they need help, give clues and suggestions
  • Post the list in the room

Extension idea: Leave the various items out so the children can play with them and investigate how they may be used and pretend to do so.

From Learning Care Group, Multicultural Activities Handout at the CCFP Roundtable Conference 2011
***Originally published on on 10/24/2011


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