Ketchup, a delicious sauce loved by millions, has a colourful past that spans centuries and different continents. From its humble beginnings as a fermented fish sauce in ancient China to its evolution into the tangy tomato-based condiment we know today, ketchup has undergone numerous transformations throughout its history. By understanding the development of ketchup, we gain insights into the cultural, culinary, and global influences that have shaped one of the world's well-loved condiments.

As teachers, we can turn this journey into an interactive and educational experience for our students. By exploring the history of ketchup, we can engage their curiosity and enhance their understanding of different periods, societies, and the world's interconnectedness.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 7 to 9 year olds, Activity Time:1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity will allow students to learn about the history of ketchup and its unique transformation over the years.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Historical Awareness: Learning about the history of ketchup introduces students to different periods, cultures, and societies, fostering historical awareness and a sense of continuity.
  2. Cultural Appreciation: Exploring the origins and transformations of ketchup allows students to appreciate the diverse culinary traditions and cultural influences that have contributed to its development.
  3. Multidisciplinary Learning: Exploring the history of ketchup allows for cross-curricular connections. It can be integrated into history, geography, science, and even art, providing a well-rounded and comprehensive learning experience.
  4. Culinary Exploration: Learning about the history of ketchup can spark an interest in culinary exploration and experimentation.

Let's start learning!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about the history and widespread use of this tasty condiment around the world. Here's an eye-opening video about the history of ketchup:

Here's a video about how tomato ketchup is made and bottled:

  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable activity pack consists of 4 creative printable worksheets. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Ketchup Uses Listing Sheet
  • 1 Ketchup Recipe Development Sheet
  • 1 Ketchup Original Recipe Journaling Sheet
  • 1 Ketchup Bottle Creation Sheet

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