Would you like a grasshopper oatmeal cookie with rainbow sprinkles? Do you care for a beetle and pine nut biscotti? Perhaps could we entice you with a delicate mealworm macaroon? Yes, these are all biscuits with bugs in them.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are an estimated 1900 types of edible bugs and many are regularly consumed by over 2 billion people around the world. Not only are insects full of protein, fibre and nutrients, they are also good for the planet. This is because insects (compared to cows) require significantly less land and water to produce the same amount of protein. They also release about 10 to 100 times less greenhouse emissions than regular livestock like pigs.
In this creative printable worksheet set, we explore the fascinating world of edible insects!
Printable & Activity Objectives
Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Colouring pencils.
In this activity, your child will learn about edible insects as an alternative and sustainable food source. He/She will also be able to draw their own tray of bug biscuits on the printable worksheets.
It will help your child or student:
Develop an openness to new food and ingredients from other countries and cultures.
Get creative with food preparation by recreating cookies using less traditional ingredients, edible bugs!
How to Get Started
Simple steps to start:
Research and find out more about edible insects and how they are consumed around the world. Here's an introduction video to entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs and why we may want to consider it :)
Here's an interesting video from a New York City based edible insect chef who shares how to prepare and eat a variety insects: Warning: Please be advised that like certain shellfish, some people may be unable to safely consume insects due to dietary allergies. Insects should never be eaten by children unsupervised. Note: that there are some references to alcoholic beverages in the video.
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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack
This printable pack consists of 1 printable design challenge. Your child/student can draw different types of bugs on a tray of cookies in the printable worksheet. Some suggestions of what bugs to draw can be found on the bottom of the printable worksheet.
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