Making a Sandwich

Age Range: 2 - 5
By: A Visitor

I've used this one in literacy hour for writing instructions, but it can be used across the board to get children to think carefully about logical sequence.

I have used it with reception children, but I think it would work throughout primary years.

  • Ask the class for help with making a sandwich. (Any kind of sandwich, bearing in mind that too complicated a filling will result in loads of mess)!
  • Have all the ingredients ready and ask the class what to do.
  • Do EXACTLY what they tell you - ie "Put the butter on the bread." - Put the unopened butter on the unopened bread.
  • Obviously, the children will realise that they need to give clearer instructions.
  • Keep going until finished.

Word of warning --- the lesson can become raucous and messy - but it is great fun. This sort of lesson really appeals to early years children's sense of humour.

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This lesson s billed as "early years". I was actually involved as a class member on a professional training course in my mid 30s and this exercise was done to great effect. It caused discussion and great hilarity along with the learning. So, yes for early years, but yes also for all other age ranges!

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