EYLF Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

Preschool Literacy Indicators: I use language to connect with my world

Preschool Numeracy Indicator: I measure and compare my world

Inquiry Question

How can making sandwiches help children develop problem solving and experimentation skills?

Advice for Teachers

Making sandwiches with children allows them to explore numeracy skills such as quantity, shape, size, amount as well as feel, smell and taste of food. Processes such as slicing vegetables, grating cheese, spreading butter and cutting bread involve and develop fine and gross motor skills. Questions such as “how much, how many” help children estimate. Words such as square, triangle, half and quarter introduce numeracy concepts.

Link: Peter Combe - Toast

Link: Video - Let's Make Sandwiches

Advice for Parents

Involve children in preparation of sandwiches by allowing children to choose their fillings, ask how many sandwiches they should make, count out family members, help children to grate cheese or carrot, slice tomatoes, spread fillings. Use words like square or triangle when helping children to cut sandwiches, how many of each shape. Encourage children use cookie cutters to make interesting shapes, talk about the feel of the bread (soft), tomatoes (squashy).