Food Around the World

OPENING SONGCan’t Wait to Celebrate
from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem album

BOOK 1 –  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
“Making an apple pie is really very easy.  First, get all of the ingredients at the market. . . ”  But what happens if the market is closed?  A shopping trip around the world of course!  The little girl in this story travels to England, Sri Lanka, Jamaica and more to find the perfect ingredients to make the perfect apple pie.

FLANNEL SONG – Flip Flap Jack
The pattern I used is from the book Ready-To-Go Storytimes by Gail Benton.   This can be sung to the tune of ‘Aiken Drum,’ but I prefer to chant this instead of singing.

Before you begin,  tell your group that every time you say “Flip Flap Jack” they should slap their hands, palms together on each word: “Flip” (right hand over left hand), “Flap” (left hand over right hand), “Jack” (right over left.)

There was a man made of food, made of food, made of food
There was a man made of food
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.

1. His head was made of a pancake, a pancake, a pancake
His head was made of a pancake,
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.

Continue with the following….

2. His body was made of a waffle…
3. His hair was made of whipped cream…
4. His arms were made of bananas…
5. His hands (or ears) were made of oranges…
6. His legs were made of bacon…
7. His feet were made of French toast…
8. His mouth was made of a sausage…
9. His nose was made of a strawberry…
10. His eyes were made of blueberries…
11. His belly button was made of a raspberry…

SONG – Oats and Beans and Barley
MP3 Download: from Raffi’s Baby Beluga Album

Oats and Beans and Barley Grow (pound fist over fist)
Oats and beans and barley grow,
Oats and beans and barley grow.
Do you or I or anyone know (point at children, point at self, hands out/shrug shoulders)
How oats and beans and barley grow?  (pound fist over fist)

First the farmer sows his seed,
Then he stands and takes his ease.
Stamps his feet and claps his hands, (stamp feet, clap hands)
And turns around to view the lands. (turn around)

BOOK 2 –  Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
It’s fiesta time in the barnyard! The chickens, ducks and pigs are tired of their regular food and start cooking up nachos, guacamole, and chips and salsa.  Ole!

ACTION RHYME – Way Up High In the Apple Tree.

Way up high in the apple tree, (point up high)
Two little apples smiled at me, (make two fists)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could, (act like you are shaking a tree)
Down came an apple…Mmm, it was good! (motion an apple falling to the ground, and rub your tummy)

SONG – On Top of Spaghetti
MP3 Download: From the album Tom Glazer Sings Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGGGG And Other Children’s Favorites
This is a great version because it follows an echo format, so your group doesn’t need to know the words to sing along to this one.

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatballs,

BOOK 3 – How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

SNACKS: Marshmallow Pops
These aren’t a cultural snack, but they are really cute!  Savory Sweet Life has a great pictures and instructions for making these.


  1. Jumbo Marshmallows
  2. Milk Chocolate Chips
  3. Popsicle sticks
  4. Rainbow sprinkles
  5. Saran wrap

Instructions: Pour chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted.  Dip tops of popsicle sticks in chocolate and insert into marshmallow.  Dip tops of marshmallows into chocolate and then into sprinkles.  Let dry.  I put mine in the refrigerator to help them set up.  Once they are set, wrap in saran wrap and tie.

Use the JUMBO marshmallows if you can find them!

It’s a good idea to dip your popsicle sticks in chocolate first, before putting them in the marshmallows. This secures them to the marshmallow (especially important if you are using the extra large, jumbo marshmallows!)

I didn’t have foam blocks to put the pops in to dry, so I used a cooling rack set on top of a bowl. It worked perfectly for a last minute, creative solution.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

CRAFT IDEA: Spaghetti and Meatballs Hat
I didn’t get to make these, but they are too cute not to mention.   You can find the instructions from here.

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