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From Farm to Table

Kitchen Remodel: Design the ideal kitchen for your family or friends. As you draft your plans, consider the activities that will go on, storage and other needs, and safety. For extra fun, design a new kitchen gadget or utensil.  

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Work as a class to design and plant a class garden. Research and think about the space requirements, the kinds of plants you can grow, and how much money you would need. Check out for more ideas and tips.  

The Art of Food: Play with your food! In Japan, many schoolchildren enjoy boxed lunches called bento. Bento are both imaginative works of art and healthy meals! Use your imagination to sculpt, draw, or otherwise create a work of art from nutritious foods. What kinds of foods will you use for your appetizing art? Check out these bento boxes: bentocharacters.  

Food Traditions: Interview some adults about food traditions they remember from the years when they were growing up. What kinds of foods did they eat? Where did their food come from? Think about how their experiences are similar to or different from your own. Why do you suppose some things changed while others have stayed the same?  

World Hunger and You: Many people around the world and in your own community do not have enough nourishing food to eat. Innovative designers can play a big role in helping solve this problem. Check out the "Solutions" page at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum at the Smithsonian Institution: Cooper Hewitt. How have designers addressed food and hunger problems around the world? Use your imagination to design your own solutions. What actions can you and your classmates take to help in your community?  

What's for Lunch?: Check out the book What's for Lunch, by Andrea Curtis. Then take a peek at the discussion questions and activities in the teacher resource at the What's for Lunch blog: unpackingschoollunch What important role does food—and school lunch—play in the daily lives of people around the world?  

May 2013