Encouraging children to eat healthy food

Hungry Caterpillars  - cook and play classes
Hungry Caterpillars - cook and play classes

A mother-of-three is encouraging parents to try her cook and play classes for under fives on Friday mornings.

Shelley Whitney started running the classes at St Hugh’s Church, Lewsey Farm, in September to encourage parents and children to cook healthy meals together.

Hungry Caterpillars  - cook and play classes

Hungry Caterpillars - cook and play classes

During the classes the children will have the chance to make a meal, tidy and wash up, play with the toys and finish with a song.

Shelley, who has three sons, wanted to do something for the community, she said: “I wanted to give parents in Lewsey the opportunity to learn to cook quick, simple and healthy meals with their children.

“We have had a lot of interest in the classes, they are going really well and everyone that comes really enjoys it.

“It gives parents the chance to get out the house, meet other parents, have a coffee, learn some recipes, make some meals and take them home.

Hungry Caterpillars  - cook and play classes

Hungry Caterpillars - cook and play classes

“I want to give children the opportunity to learn about food and nutrition in an educational and fun way.”

The recipes are placed on the website after each session, the 34-year-old added: “This week the children cut up spring onion, cheese and added it to pasta and quorn mince.

“We have made lots of different meals over the weeks and I try to alternate it between sweet and savoury, we have done pastries, traffic light muffins with peppers and sweetcorn, quiches and we will be doing stuffed potato skins soon.”

The classes are from 9.30am till 11am during term time, the cost is £4 and under ones are £1.

Hungry Caterpillars  - cook and play classes

Hungry Caterpillars - cook and play classes

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