A few months ago, my 老大 learned numerous food names through a cutting and pretend shopping activity (pictures on my Instagram post here). She has asked to play this again several times, and I realized I should make a laminated printable of the foods so that the food is durable and versatile.
So here they are! 7 pages of food organized by color:
- 红 (hóng / red)
- 橙 (chéng / orange)
- 黄 (huáng / yellow)
- 绿 (lǜ / green)
- 蓝 (lán / blue)
- 紫 (zǐ / purple)
- 棕 (zōng / brown)
Basically, these are flashcards disguised as pretend play! Each character is clearly visible, and the definition is obvious by the shape of the food. Through pretend play, your kids are looking at the flashcards repeatedly and will memorize the characters more easily.
What you need:
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- Food template: free download in Chinese (simplified Chinese & traditional Chinese), Korean, and English available in the Printables Library for Subscribers (If you haven’t subscribed, no worries – it’s free and easy. Click here to subscribe!)
- Colorful paper
- Laminating pouches
- Bowls (pictured are Avanchy bowls and plates)
- Toy pots/pans (We love the set from Melissa and Doug)
What to do:
- Print templates on colorful paper
- Laminate each sheet
- Cut outside of the black lines
- If these most of these words are new to your child, introduce the words gradually. For example, for a few days, you can focus on the red foods only. The next week, add orange foods, etc.
- It’s important to consider how learning materials are presented.
- I recommend presenting the flashcards on a tray with bowls and toy pots/pans as if you are serving food. If the set up is beautiful and enticing, then your child will naturally be curious! In the photo at the top of the post, I used a tray from our Melissa and Doug vehicles set. Other times, I use a divided serving platter from our kitchen. I vary it up so that it’s interesting for my daughter.
- I also want to point out that the bowls, pots, pans, and trays that we use are plain. This way, the food stands out and does not compete with other designs.
Here are our Korean flashcards:
Here is an example of how the food cards can be presented in a beautiful tray for playful learning!
Educational play ideas:
- Cooking (we love our Melissa & Doug pots and pans)
- Eating (we love our Avanchy baby bamboo feeding set)
- Match with REAL food!!! I think this is so important!
- Match different language versions (eg, simplified and traditional Chinese, English and Chinese, Chinese & Korean)
- Sorting by food group
- Plant the food cards in a pretend garden
If you use these pretend food flashcards, please let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook. Happy learning, friends!