There’s a line of little chefs preparing a big menu of fun in this busy, kid-sized diner. Cook a pizza in the oven or whip up an imaginary ice cream float using the soda fountain. Food and desserts are always spot on at the Little Spot Diner!

What are we learning?

  • Sharing and cooperation
  • Sorting and counting
  • Recognizing letters, colors, shapes and numbers
  • Imaginative play/role playing

  • Sharing and collaboration
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Imaginative play/role playing
  • Classification of objects

 

  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Social skills and collaboration
  • Analytical skills
  • Abstract thinking

 

  • Role-play with your child to help build imaginative play skills.
  • Engage basic math concepts by asking for two of an item, then three, then four, etc. Then, ask for combinations - one slice of bread with two tomatoes.
  • Role-play with your child to build imaginative play skills. Play once then reverse roles to encourage creative thinking.
  • Discuss the different roles there are in a restaurant and what they do, such as a cook, a server, customer, and hostess. 

 

  • Have your child create a balanced meal for you by preparing a plate that includes on item from each of the food groups - grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and protein.
  • Discuss the different jobs there are in a restaurant and why each is important.

 

 

  • When you and your child are sitting in a restaurant, practice using your 5 senses. What do you see? What can you hear? What do you taste? How does that feel? What do you smell?
  • Practice counting and color recognition at mealtime with food items on plate.

 

 

 

  • Have your child help you prepare meals at home. Talk about the foods being prepared and which main food group they belong to - grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and protein. 
  • When at a restaurant with your child, practice reading the menu together. See which words or food items your child knows or recognizes. 

 

  • Have your child help you prepare meals at home. Teach your child kitchen safety when it comes to slicing, chopping or grating. Model safe usage of appliances like the stove or the blender.
  • When at a restaurant with your child, go over the menu together. Ask your child which meals are balanced meals. Which are high in protein? Which contain grains?


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Calendar
Hours Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission
Members Free
Children and Adults $11.50
Seniors (age 62+) $10.50
Military (with ID) $10.50
Educator (with ID) $10.50
Groups (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50
Children under two Free