Teaching ideas, activities and inspiration to celebrate the month of March including St David's Day, St Patrick's Day, Holi, Shrove Tuesday, Holi, Losar, Alexander Graham Bell Day, Spring and more!
St David's Day
Explore Welsh Foods
Food exposure can be beneficial to individuals with a limited diet as it supports exploration of different food types, smells textures and tastes.
Present a variety of Welsh foods for the individual to explore at their own pace.
Initial explorations could be through touch and smell.
When progressing to tasting, present a tiny touch to the lips, then offer a morsel or a drop in the mouth, an egg spoon building up to a full bite.
Be Allergy Aware!
Welsh Cheese: Caerphilly, Capel Newydd, Celtic Promise, Dragon’s Breath, Perl Las Blue, Welsh Cheddar, Welsh Goat’s Cheese
Welsh Vegetables: Leeks, Samphire
Welsh Seafood: Cockles, Seaweed (Laverbread)
Welsh Sweet Foods: Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith,
Welsh Rarebit Recipe
350g Mature Cheddar, grated
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp milk
Thickly sliced bread
Option to season with mustard/pepper/Worcestershire sauce
Grate the cheese.
Mix the cheese with the milk and the beaten egg.
Preheat the grill to high and toast the bread on both sides.
Spread the cheese mixture on the toast.
Grill until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown. Serve immediately.
Model the language
Aromatic, bitter, buttery, cheesy, chewy, coarse, creamy, crispy, crumbly, crunchy, delicate, eggy, fishy, fresh, mushy, oniony, peppery, pungent, ripe, rubbery, salty, savoury, seasoned, sharp, smooth, soggy, squidgy, squishy, toasty, vinegary.
For a non-food sensory St David's Day activity try:
Mark Making using Leeks
You will need
Card or Paper
(or use a template of the St David's Day Flag for students to follow the lines and paint)
Using the leeks as a paintbrush, dip into paint and paint the flag of St David.
The leeks will produce a sweet, oniony aroma.
Smell, touch and taste pancakes.
You can use ready made shop bought pancakes, make your own pancakes using an instant batter mix or make a batter mix from scratch
Batter Mix Recipe
225g (1 3/4 cups) plain flour
500ml (2 cups) milk
2 large eggs
Explore 'Sweet' and 'Savoury' Pancake Toppings.
Can the students make a 'sweet' pancake and a 'savoury' pancake by selecting the correct ingredients?
Sweet Toppings: bananas, berries, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, cream, honey, ice-cream, jam, maple syrup, strawberry sauce.
Savoury Toppings: aioli, avocado, baba ganoush, cheese, spices cinnamon/nutmeg, garlic dip, guacamole, houmous, marmite, mushrooms, pesto, sour cream, taramasalata, tzatziki.
Be allergy aware!
Can the sensory explorer express a preference between sweet and savoury?
Can the sensory explorer identify the 'healthier' choices for the pancake toppings?