Family Favourites

Family Favourites

Learning about recipes and choosing and writing about a family favourite recipe.

This activity requires food cards. Contact us to find out more about how to get food cards for your school.

Food card activity
1-1.5 hours x 2 sessions

CfE Experiences and Outcomes

  • HWB 1-29a - I enjoy eating a diversity of foods in a range of social situations.

  • HWB 1-30a - By investigating the range of foods available I can discuss how they contribute to a healthy diet.

  • HWB 1-30b - I experience a sense of enjoyment and achievement when preparing simple healthy foods and drinks.

  • HWB 1-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • HWB 1-01a - I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

  • LIT 1-09a - When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can exchange information, experiences, explanations, ideas and opinions, and clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more.

  • LIT 1-20a - I enjoy creating texts of my choice and I regularly select subject, purpose, format and resources to suit the needs of my audience.

  • LIT 1-24a - I can present my writing in a way that will make it legible and attractive for my reader, combining words, images and other features.

Learning intentions / Success criteria

Learning intentions

  • Recognise that a range of food can be enjoyed and that people have different likes and dislikes.
  • Gather relevant information to feedback to the class by talking with a family member.
  • Write a familiar healthy recipe.


*If your school does not have a set of Food Cards, please request them from us at

Setting up

  • Make selection of food cards that it is likely pupils will commonly experience at home
    • 2-3 per pupil – photocopy cards to send home and attach to Homelink sheet for each pupil
  • Photocopy recipe template

Assessment opportunities

SAY – Can pupils present their meal suggestions from home to the rest of the class?

WRITE – Can pupils write out their given recipe in the format given?

Consider CfE Benchmarks, for example:

  • Explains likes and dislikes in relation to food.
  • Chooses appropriate foods to prepare for a given situation.
  • Assists in preparing healthy dishes for a varity of occastions, for exmnaple, an intergenerational visit.


  • Prior to sending cards home, ensure each pupil is familiar with the foods that are represented and have seen it/eaten it in their home before.
  • Go over Homelink sheet with pupils, making the expectations clear.
  • Set appropriate time to allow all pupils to bring back their meal ideas.
  • Pupils take home selected food cards and ask their family/friends what their favourite meals are using one or more of these ingredients.
  • Encourage parents to send in pictures of suggested meals for display.
  • Pupils feedback their suggestions orally to the rest of the class, using Homelink sheet as a prompt. Discussion on how they might make it healthier, this could include looking at the Eatwell Guide for suitable food swaps in the recipe.
  • Using recipe template, pupils take their meal and write it into a recipe for inclusion in ‘Our Favourite Meals’ recipe booklet.

This could be extended as an enterprise activity with pupils producing and selling copies of the recipe book.

Cross-curricular links

Talking and listening

Literacy – writing recipes



Recipes could be ready typed and cut into steps. The pupils must then sequence the steps appropriately.


Pupils could be encouraged to draw pictures of the foods to match their recipes or take photos themselves to print out in school.

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