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Indian Cuisine

Indian Cuisine

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Activities to do at home:

  • Cook some traditional Indian food at home. Focus on developing your child's mathematical skills by talking about measuring and time. Develop their physical skills by cutting, rolling, mashing and stirring. Develop their understanding of different foods by talking about what types of food they are using such as fruit, vegetables, meat or dairy. Some child friendly recipes can be found at: or
  • Enjoy some traditional Indian food as a family - whether this is home cooked, a take-away treat or a restaurant. Talk to your child about what they can taste. What do they like/dislike? What do you think is in the dish? How do they think it is made?
  • Smell, taste and touch some traditional Indian herbs and spices such as cardamom, cloves, coriander, nutmeg and mustard seeds.
  • Look at Rangoli Patterns - can you and your child draw/make some? What shapes can you see/use? What colours?
  • Look at where India is on a map. Have you been there? Have you been anywhere near?
  • Link to the Taj Mahal - what shapes can you see? Can your child have a go at drawing it? Or building it using blocks or Lego?
  • Create your own Indian restaurant at home - encourage your child to take your order, 'make' you some food, serve you it and bring you a receipt! This is a great imaginative activity which can develop their language, writing, mathematical and imaginative skills!