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After school 'Cooking is Fun' Club

Fun cookery after school club for infant and junior schools... As well as learning about healthy food as part of the curriculum.

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Cooking, and knowing where food comes from, definitely has to be a significant part of the curriculum at infant and junior schools. Also, as well as having vegetable patches at every school playground, for each class, the kids have to also use the vegetables they grow in some way, to be able to link what they grow to many different ways they can eat them! As well as what all the kids are taught during the school day, my idea is to have cooking as part of the after school activities on offer - a fun weekly session where kids learn more interesting facts about food, learn what is healthy food, try out simple healthy recipes (hands-on), learn about ingredients, taste them, play food-related games/quizzes, and have fun! Existing school cooking facilities could be used. Recipes can be adapted/chosen for the different age groups. If kids grow up with this sort of basic knowledge, and have fun with it, they will be much better equipped to cook themselves a healthy lifestyle, as adults... and teach their children one day!

Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Elementary (Kids) 5-10
  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Peer Pressure
  • Lack of Knowledge

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Food Knowledge - To what extent is this concept teaching people about food knowledge?

It's teaching people a great deal about food knowledge - 50%

It's teaching people a moderate deal about food knowledge - 50%

It's teaching people a little about food knowledge - 0%

It's not focused on food knowledge - 0%

2. Cooking - Is this concept focused on getting people to cook?

It's all about getting people to cook - 66.7%

It's moderately about getting people to cook - 33.3%

It's getting people to cook a little - 0%

It's not focused on cooking at all - 0%

3. Originality - How original is this idea?

This idea is extremely original - 0%

This idea is somewhat original - 66.7%

This idea has some originality about it - 16.7%

I have seen this idea before - 16.7%

4. Scalability - How scalable is this idea across communities and geographies?

This idea can be scaled across many communities and places - 33.3%

This idea can be scaled but needs some work - 16.7%

This idea will take a fair bit of work to scale - 50%

This idea cannot scale at all - 0%

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Great idea! Kids love being in the kitchen and helping out. Making them a part of the process will spark interest and these kids will gain valuable skills. Educating them on the garden and how foods grow/seasonal foods will also tie them to the land and expand their understanding of what food is and where it comes from.

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Linking the growing of the vegetables with the cooking is ideal, if the location allows so - the more hands-on learning the better!

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