Who’s Invited to Dinner? –a learning based dinner activity
Dinner time is a family time. Talking around the table is instrumental in building relationships. Occasionally, it is fun to feed their minds and not just fill their bellies at the event. A five minute “splash” of knowledge about a person in history sparks questions and conversation. You can head up the instruction or let your kids take turns.
It is fun to create a simple display as a center piece that makes the kids wonder what is going on for dinner. For example: You could “invite” Thomas Edison to dinner. In the center of the table you could place a light bulb, a microphone, a phone, etc. He invented a lot of things and improved upon others. Where would we be today without these inventions? What qualities helped Thomas be a good inventor?
Let your imagination take over and have a fun time! Invite Louis Pasteur and set a row of milk jugs on the table…talk about where the word “pasteurized” came from.
It doesn’t hurt to just make a place card and write the name of the person you are inviting on it.
You could even make a list of accomplishments of the person and have your family guess who you are talking about.
There are so many simple ways to get minds thinking and learning. Here’s a beginning to the list of people I’d love to “invite” to dinner:
George Washington Carver
Thomas Jefferson…….and the list goes on and on
Learn from history and the people who made it. Be inspired as you make your own history!
(The clip art and light bulb picture came from pixabay.com)