The Mini-caterer’s challenge

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Basic Information

A refreshing and fun activity that that will help students understand the components of food and its uses in the human body, through looking at what people eat.

00 hours 45 mins

For students learning about food, its components, and what constitutes a balanced diet, this activity will help them understand why we need the nutrients we take in and what purpose they serve.

  • To help children learn about different nutrients and their purpose.
  • To encourage team work and improve group communication.
Activity Steps: 

Begin by arranging the children in groups of less than six.
Give each group a sheaf of papers or chart paper.
Ask them to imagine themselves as caterers who need to plan menus for the daily meals of different people.
The students must ensure a balanced diet for their clients. This would include ensuring that all meals have the right amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, roughage and vitamins.

Give them the following pointers:

Proteins are very important for growth and repair of the cells in the body.

Carbohydrates and fats provide energy. Fats provide more than carbohydrates.

Minerals such as iron and calcium have different purposes (oxygen transport, for the formation of bones and teeth respectively)

Vitamins work with the white blood cells to improve our immunity.


Give each group the following clients and tell them to create meals catering to each client's ideal daily diet.
a)     An athlete who trains daily.                                      
b)    A pregnant woman.
c)     A rapidly growing infant.

The children should then get started.
Remind them to give reasons for each of their meal choices.
Tell them to keep in mind that each of the individuals has different needs and it is up to them to figure out "who needs what".
After the groups finish working on the meal plans, they can be discussed in the class.

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