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Herby salad oil

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

You will need:
Olive oil
White vinegar
Runny honey
Measuring jug
Pestle and mortar
Plastic water bottle
Plastic shot glasses
Cucumber and cherry tomatoes
Dinner knives
Chopping boards
Kitchen towel
Paper bowls
Plastic forks (optional)
A selection of dried herbs - any of the following would be ideal: oregano, basil, thyme, tarragon, rosemary, mint, dill, parsley

How to prepare:
Just before the session cut the cucumber into chunks and quarter the tomatoes. Mix them together to make a salad. If you have older children in your group you could prepare the salad during the session – encourage the children to cut the salad items using dinner knives. Put the salad in a bowl.

How to make:
1. Help the children to measure 600 ml of olive oil and 200 ml of vinegar. Pour the oil and vinegar into the bottle using the funnel. Add a tablespoon of honey and place the lid tightly on the bottle.

2. Pass the bottle around the group encouraging the children to each give it a good shake.

3. Give each child a small plastic bowl and a teaspoon. The children should select two or three herbs and put a small pinch of each in their bowls.

4. Encourage the children to take it in turns tipping the contents of their bowl into the mortar and crushing the herbs.

5. Help the children to pour a little of the oil and vinegar mixture into their bowl. They may need to shake the bottle just prior to pouring.

6. Encourage the children to mix their herbs, oil and vinegar together in their bowl using a teaspoon.

7. Give each child a paper bowl or plate with a spoonful of salad. Help the children pour their dressing into a plastic shot glass.

8. Encourage the children to take their salad home to share with their family.

Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

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