Tour a commercial kitchen (or ask families to help children observe behind the counter of a fast-food restaurant). What jobs do people have? What equipment is used? What features do children see?
Make an experience chart with children’s knowledge about restaurants. It’s the springboard for carrying out this imaginative project.
Would children like to set up their own pretend eatery? If so, they generate ideas: décor, menu, chef, wait staff, cash register. Possibilities for learning math, literacy, and nutrition abound.
With your friends, plan a pretend fast-food restaurant. List what you need.
Figure out how to create everything in your restaurant with construction paper and recycled items such as boxes.
Design a restaurant logo using Crayola® Washable Markers. Use the logo on signs, napkins, place mats, and the menu. Write a menu, including prices. Create all the food. Use your imagination, such as tissue paper for lettuce and ribbon with marker lines f
Try different collage materials. Cut paper with Crayola® Scissors, and stick pieces together with Crayola® School Glue. Include details, such as place mats, ketchup packets, and pickles.
When everything is ready, have a grand opening for your restaurant. Who will be chef? Wait staff? Customers? Cashier? Custodian? Truck unloader?
Our crayons have been rolling off the assembly line since 1903, and you can see how it’s done.