Little People STEAM Incursions

Food science, foodie tales, music, sensory play and cooking. incursions created to engage little people in a play based food exploration and education.

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Cooking & Food Incursions for Children

At Little People Nutrition we believe that food nourishes our bodies. It also connects us with people – our families, friends, culture and community; as well as our environment – where food comes from and how it is raised and grown.

Our incursions use science, stories, music, sensory play and cooking to engage little people in a play-based exploration of food so they are able to develop a positive relationship with it.

Our mission is to engage, inspire and empower children, families and educators to explore food together. We currently have four unique options for our incursions into preschools, childcares, vacation cares and primary schools.

Exploring Food Together

What incursions do we offer

We have developed 4 different types of incursions to choose from!

Select one or combine them all. We can accommodate different class sizes and environments. Read more below and book your next incursion with us, today!

What makes our incursions unique?

Qualification

Mandy is a tertiary qualified health professional and educator.

Range

We use STEAM based exploratory techniques to engage the children in a relaxed way.

Full set up!

All shopping, preparation, activities and main clean-up is completed by us.

Educational

Linked to learning outcomes from the EYLF and Australian Curriculum for Kindergarten to year 6.

Location

We service the Central Coast, Newcastle region and northern parts of Sydney.

Collaboration

We appreciate the support of the centre’s educators in the rotation of activities.

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Little People Incursions

Foodie Tale Time

The Foodie Tales are an opportunity to initiate a concept and conversation with children around an ingredient. Often encompassing multiple concepts.
We begin the session with a moment of reflection of where we are in the day and season and move into the oral narrated story, using little puppets and characters (Waldorf inspired).

After the tale we extend the conversation and understanding of the story and include an exploration of the food or ingredient in varying forms to engage the senses. For example, if broccoli was featured, the children would explore raw and roasted broccoli and then try it in a broccoli muffin. Or if the story was about waste and compost, the activity would be an opportunity to make an individual little composting experiment.

DURATION

45 minutes to 1 hour

AGE

from 2 to 6 year olds

COST

from $300 per session *

GROUP SIZE

Max of 25 per group **

* Additional sessions will receive a discount when booked together.
** Please specify if you have different size groups.

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Little Cooking

Cooking is an exploratory, exposure driven and play based medium used to deliver nutrition and food education in a developmentally appropriate way.

There are many other educational concepts such as literacy, math literacy, autonomy, patience and experimentation, that are also encouraged and supported in a cooking environment.

With our cooking incursions, each child is involved in every step of the process making their own individual creation.
We also use the cooking experience as an opportunity to delve into the sensory aspects of the ingredients; where they come from and how they are grown; how they are used in varying recipes; and how they are eaten around the world.

The choice of recipe is based upon what is in season or perhaps a culture you are interested in.

DURATION

1 hour plus *

AGE

from 3 to 12 year olds

COST

from $16 per child **

GROUP SIZE

Min of 20 children per session ***

* Depending on the theme and number of children.
** All food and consumables are included in the price per child.
*** Please specify if you have large sized groups.

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STEM and Cooking

This incursion builds further on the cooking incursions, delving deeper into the food science of what is happening.

There are rotations of activities involved in this incursion. The cooking and also a STEM rotation/s.
Some examples might be making a yoghurt and fruit ensemble and then looking into yoghurt, fermentation, probiotics and gut health (in a child appropriate manner).

Or perhaps we look at sushi and use tuna in the recipe. We then might extend some learnings about fish biology and absorption with the rice.

DURATION

1 hour plus *

AGE

from 3 to 12 year olds

COST

from $20 per child **

GROUP SIZE

Min of 15 children per session ***

* Depending on the theme and number of children.
** All food and consumables are included in the price per child.
*** Please specify if you have large sized groups.

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Musical Kitchen

In collaboration with Music therapist, Phoebe Cormack, we follow the journey of where food comes from, how we prepare it to how we eat it. Even how it can be a little scary sometimes.

Our originally written and produced music is a tool for early literacy and appropriate vocabulary development around food for both the children and the educators.

The children also explore two separate fruits or vegetables to engage with how we learn about the food before eating it. This is in connection to one of our songs.

DURATION

1 hour

AGE

6 months to 8 year olds *

COST

$400 per session

GROUP SIZE

Max of 60 children

* A 15 minute performance can be included for age 0 to 2 year olds.

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Designed for preschools, early learning centres and early primary schools.