You will need
- Access to water
- Access to the internet
- Ingredients and equipment (see recipe card)
Before you begin
- Check the ingredients listed on the ‘Recipe card (Astronaut pudding)’ and see that no-one is allergic or intolerant to any of them.
- Set up an area where groups can handle food safely. This should be close by somewhere with water access.
Whip up a tasty treat
- Split everyone into small groups and ask each group to talk amongst themselves about what life might be like on the International Space Station (ISS). They could discuss these questions:
- How is sleeping on the International Space Station different to how we sleep at camp?
- What might astronauts eat while on the International Space Station?
- How different is going to the toilet on the International Space Station?
- How do astronauts wash and keep clean while on the International Space Station?
- Discuss the problems with eating in space. These might include:
- There’s no gravity, so food will float about rather than stay in one place.
- Water won’t stay in a cup, but will instead float away.
- Crumbs and drops of liquid might float around, either making a mess or damaging the spacecraft.
- Share with the groups these videos on cooking and brewing coffee in space.
- Move to your designated cooking area. Give out an ‘Recipe card (Astronaut pudding)’ to each group and all the bags, scissors, straws, spoons and ingredients.
- Groups should follow the recipe, and then tuck in.
This activity helped you to think about how astronauts live on the International Space Station. Take a moment to think about what life in a strange environment and away from your family and friends might be like. Think about what you’d miss most and what might make you feel a little closer to home while you’re far away.
How do you feel after a good meal? Food is important for energy but it can also remind us of friends, family and normal life. We don’t always only eat the things we need and often have an emotional relationship with food. Apart from food, what other things do you think astronauts might miss about Earth? There are many things that your group may miss about Earth, perhaps even homework, if they were away for long enough.
This activity also helped you to try new things, by making a ration pack good enough for an astronaut. Think about the care and attention you took to make the ration pack, and think about what you do when you take food with you on long trips. Can you think of any other ways that people use to keep food for a long time? Humans have been preserving food for a long time and traditional methods include drying, cooling, and pickling – like onions in a jar of vinegar. More recently, we can freeze or even irradiate food with ultraviolet light to make food keep for longer.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people
Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.
- Music and films
Make sure music and films are age appropriate for the youngest person present.
- Water games and activities
Be careful when doing activities with, in, or near water. Check surfaces and reduce the risk of slipping where possible. Make sure you have appropriate supervision for this activity.