Konnichi-wa! Have you had Japanese food before? Are your kids adventurous eaters? Do you want to inspire them to try new food from another culture? Why not do a little activity to get them excited about... Sushi!

There are many kinds of sushi (pronounced "soo-she"). The most common is called "nigiri" sushi, which is a made from sliced raw fish on a ball of vinegared rice. Rolled sushi called "maki" are also very popular and are made from vinegared rice stuffed with a variety of fillings wrapped around a thin piece of dry seaweed. Yum!

Printable & Activity Objectives

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Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colour pencils and a big appetite

In this activity, your child will learn about what goes into a sushi, the different types of sushi and, for the more adventurous few, what it tastes like.

It will help your child or student:

  • Develop an openness to new food and cultures from another country.
  • Get creative with food preparation by fusing new ingredients to a traditional dish.

Join Chef i128 as he explores making these delicious Japanese delicacies. Let's imagine, recreate and draw the different types of sushi on this 2-page printable. Itadakimasu!


How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Give your child a brief explanation about sushi i.e. what they are and where do they come from.  
  • Go online or, better still, to a sushi restaurant and show them the the different types of sushi. Ask them what they think would go really well in sushi if they made some.
  • Start drawing and colouring the printable.

Below is a wonderfully comprehensive article about sushi. It has information about the "origin, types of sushi, important ingredients, and etiquettes of eating sushi".


What's in the Printable Pack

This printable pack consists of 2 prompted drawing and colouring sheets. One features rolled "maki" and "temaki" sushi and the other the "nigiri" rice ball. Get your child to think creatively about what types of ingredients he or she would like to see in their sushi. They can either go the traditional route or add ingredients that would make old Sushi masters jump with horror :)

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