Activities to do at home:
- Cook some traditional Italian 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: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking or http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/5-italian-dishes-kids-make.htm
- Enjoy some traditional Italian 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 Italian herbs and spices such as garlic, basil, oregano and parsley.
- Teach your child some basic phrases in Italian - http://www.brighthubeducation.com/italian-lesson-plans/107246-simple-beginners-italian-vocabulary-words-and-phrases/
- Look at where Italy is on a map. Have you been there? Have you been anywhere near?
- Link to the Ancient Romans - show children a mosaic. Can they make one using paper tiles?
- Create your own Italian 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!
- Making their own dough - whether pizza, bread or salt dough to create ornaments - the muscles it takes to knead the dough will support your child's fine motor development.