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Additional Collected Cooking Workshop Concepts

Unlike most other workshops, in the Cooking Workshop students LITERALLY ENHALE and TASTE and CONSUME the teaching medium.  Think about that for a moment....  what a powerful medium!


Expand your use of food in your Cooking Workshop by looking at how you can incorporate taste, smell, texture, eating, in your other lesson activities:


Food can be used in:

  • a PRAYER



Here are a few ideas to 'stoke' your thinking:



Olfactory-Enhanced Bible Study in the Cooking Workshop


Smells can represent Bible characters or theological ideas in your story.


For example:  onions = sin, lemon juice = forgiveness

Or, you could pass garlic and dough during the recitation of the story of Mary and Martha.

Or, you could light incense to represent the Rich Man

You could pass a rotten egg during the story of Lazarus


Take your Bible story and break it down into CHARACTERS AND IDEAS, then think about what smelly object might represent those people or ideas, and bring them into your cooking workshop for an Olfactory-Enhanced Bible Study.


Taste-Enhanced Bible Study in the Cooking Workshop


Tasting things during the Bible Reading/Study can be used to enhance student memory of a concept or character


For example, when reading a story, you can pause to have the children TASTE something that tastes bad or sour or sweet, depending on the character, WHENEVER THE CHARACTER IS NAMED. 


When you heard Jesus or God's name in the story what tasting could the children make? Present them with choices and ask them to explain their choice.


Alternately, have a wide variety of tastes and smells, and let the students decide which items belong in the story retelling to represent people, places, and ideas. As the story is read a second time, sniff and taste the items










Various Powders

Floral, Pungent


Ask your students: What SPICE on our table might you choose for Mary?  For Martha?  Let them smell, decide and explain.



Sweet vs Salt vs Sour

Aromatic, Bitter, Spicy, Hot, Cool


You can taste and smell things like rocks, dirt, grass, plants, wheat, flowers. Look in the Bible story you are using for clues.


For Follow-Up: 

Pass the various smells and tastes around AFTER the study in the order you presented them during the story, and have the students tell you the story/concepts they represent. Be prepared to be surprised how well they remember!


INGREDIENTS could be added to the table as the story is read, with each ingredient representing something in the story.



(Compiled from a post suggested by Neil MacQueen)

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