Plant-Based Challenges and Activities for Children
By Holly Adelaide, Intern, and Rohini Bajekal, Communications Lead
Challenge: Create Plant-Based Breakfast Faces
Children could use bananas, berries, nut and seed butters etc. to create faces in their porridge bowl or on a slice of toast.
Children can submit their entries to us at email@example.com or tag us on social media
All ages ranging from toddlers to young teenagers may enjoy this activity. Please note the presence of possible allergens and choking hazards such as whole nuts and seeds, which are not suitable for children under 5.
Challenge: Recreate a plant-based meal inspired by your favourite book or movie
Extra points not only for creativity, but also for how nutritious the food is – e.g. the more vegetables used, the more points scored.
For that famous moment in Disney’s Lady and The Tramp, a lentil meatball spaghetti
For Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake in Roald Dahl’s Matilda, a plant-based version made from ingredients, such as whole wheat flour, cacao, maple syrup/dates etc.
All ages. This may be slightly more difficult for younger children, but an adult could supervise them with prepping/cooking the meal
Challenge: A “Look for the Rainbow” Supermarket Scavenger Hunt
e.g. ‘red’ – apples, strawberries, bell pepper, tomatoes
‘green’- grapes, cucumber, avocado, kale, spinach
‘purple’ – avocado, purple cabbage
A further challenge could be set at home to use as many colours of the rainbow in a snack
e.g. fruit kebab sticks, vegetable sticks and hummus, ‘ants on a log’.
Toddlers and children aged 2-11 years
Challenge: A Blindfolded Taste Test
4-12 year olds
Challenge: Hold a World Cuisine Themed Meal with DIY Colour-Your-Own Flag Placemat
This will develop their taste buds and get them to try new flavours.
Children could decorate flags for their country to use as placemats and learn about the cuisine.
PBHP’s website has a number of plant-based recipes from around the world.
Ages 5 and above
Challenge: Grow and Look After your own Herb Pot
Some children may have limited access to outdoor spaces so a mini herb garden would be ideal. Children can grow herbs in a small container or tray e.g. basil or mint. Having the responsibility of looking after a herb pot is a low cost, accessible way of connecting more with the food we eat.
Ages 5 and above