Fast & Fun Food

Fast & Fun Food lesson plan

  • 1.

    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?

  • 2.

    Make an experience chart with children’s knowledge about restaurants. It’s the springboard for carrying out this imaginative project.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    With your friends, plan a pretend fast-food restaurant. List what you need.

  • 5.

    Figure out how to create everything in your restaurant with construction paper and recycled items such as boxes.

  • 6.

    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

  • 7.

    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.

  • 8.

    When everything is ready, have a grand opening for your restaurant. Who will be chef? Wait staff? Customers? Cashier? Custodian? Truck unloader?


  • Asking Questions
  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Healthy Habits
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Social & Emotional: Negotiating
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing