- Wooden spoons
- Chopping boards
- Device with access to the internet
- Measuring Jug
Before you begin
- Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
- Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.
- There’s lots of loud noises, sitting and different smells when eating, which may overwhelm some people. People may choose to wear ear defenders while eating, move around while eating or sit in a separate space to everyone and that’s OK.
- Be conscious about who may be fasting when providing snacks, eating and drinking – you may want to plan this activity for when everyone can get involved or leave out the eating and drinking part.
- Depending on where you are making the noodles, and the amount of young people in your group, set up enough space and equipment for everyone to help prepare the vegetables.
- You may want to prep any hard to cut veggies in advance
- You could run our kitchen safety and hygiene activities, Kitchen risk bingo and Home kitchen hygiene prior to running this session.
- Remember to have a hand washing station and take extra hygiene precautions when handling food. Look at our guidance on food preparation.
- Make sure you have all the ingredients ready.
- You may want to run a fire safety talk or show people how to use the equipment safely, such as for cooking or chopping ingredients.
- Remember to check for allergies, eating problems or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you've checked everyone's dietary requirements and allergies then adapted the recipe as appropriate. This may include ensuring no cross-contamination during food preparation, too.
- Check if there are any items of food (or packaging) that people can’t touch or be near to or if there are items that people might not be comfortable using in the activity.
- Some people may not like certain food textures or tastes and that’s OK. Try to find an alternative for them. No-one has to use all the ingredients or be made to try foods if they’re not happy, comfortable or don’t want to.
Tell the story
- Gather everyone around and tell them that today they’re going to be Jedi younglings.
- Explain that you’re going to play a game to test their Jedi cooking skills.
- If you’ve a device connected to the internet, tell everyone you’re going to meet the Young Jedi and play Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures - Lys' Creature Caper.
- Ask everyone to pay close attention to the section where Lys and the creature run through the cafe and knock over Nub's noodles.
- Ask everyone if they’ve seen or heard of Star Wars. Ask a few people if they’re happy to explain what it’s about.
- Ask everyone what they think alien food would look or taste like?
- Ask people what they notice about all the food being eaten by the characters?
- See if anyone can remember any of the foods the characters in Star Wars eat. They may remember the Blue Milk, Yoda’s Stew, Roast Porg or Jedha tentacles. You might want to print off or show people pictures of the different foods and drink in the Star Wars franchise.
- Ask everyone if anything they see seems familiar
Talking about food
- In Star Wars, the characters eat lots of different foods that look like ones we have on Earth, but some of them are slightly different.
- This is like in different countries around the world. Sometimes the things we eat in each country are different, but sometimes the things we eat might be very similar or use the same ingredients, just in different ways.
- Ask people what foods they like to eat.
- Everyone has food and drinks that they like. They’re what we’re used to - just like Jedi’s are used to blue or green milk, which might seem strange to us on Earth!
- Ask everyone what they think blue or green milk might taste like.
- Just because some foods might be different to what we’re used to, doesn’t make them strange, unusual or scary, even if they may seem it at first. We might not have had certain foods before and that’s OK. We can always try new foods or tastes if we want to.
- However, we wouldn’t like it if someone said the foods we had was disgusting or horrible, because it’s normal to us. They may be important or significant to us, too.
- Explain to everyone that we can always be courageous and try foods we haven’t eaten before or that might be out of our comfort zone. Ask if anyone’s ever tried anything outside their comfort zone.
- We always need to show respect when talking about and trying different foods, as they may be from someone else’s culture or country. It may be what they have every day and normal to them, just like our foods are normal to us. For example, Chewbacca wouldn’t like it if we said Roast Porg was strange, as it’s normal to him and perhaps an outer space delicacy!
Learning about Nubs
- Nubs was a Pooba male who trained as a Jedi Initiate during the High Republic Era. Inseparable from fellow younglings Kai Brightstar and Lys Solay, Nubs studied the ways of the Force under the watchful eye of Grand Master Yoda on the planet Tenoo.
- There Nubs learned how to master his abilities as well as his voracious appetite, never failing to enjoy a good meal when the opportunity presented itself.
- Today we’re going to make and enjoy one of Nubs’ recipes, Nubs’ noodles! We can try the food in lots of different ways by mixing up how we use the same ingredients. Let’s see who can make the most outta-this-world taste!
Meet some tasty vegetables
- Show the group the vegetables and discuss each one by one. Which ones have people heard of or do they recognise?
- Green beans
- Mange tout
- Bean sprouts
- Ask if there’s any vegetables anyone has eaten before.
- Are there any vegetables that people are excited or wanting to try?
- Will anyone want to go outside their comfort zone to try something new? It’s OK if they don’t want to.
Time to cook
- When you're ready, make sure everyone gets ready to prepare the food by washing their hands with soap and water.
- It’s time to create your noodles. Remember to check for allergies, eating problems or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed.
- 200ml pineapple juice
- 100g soft brown sugar
- 4 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 2tbsp soy sauce
- 3tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 2 packs ready to cook medium egg noodles
- 5 carrots
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1 pack green beans
- 1 pack mange tout
- 1 pack bean spouts
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Making your noodles
- An adult should cook the noodles and vegetables for this recipe, while young people can help chop the vegetables and choose their own toppings. Make sure the food is fully cooked and cooled before serving it to young people, following good food safety and hygiene practices.
- While people are cooking the noodles and vegetables, another responsible adult could play a calming game, read a book or run a colouring activity away from the cooking area. Make sure everyone is safely supervised and always follow the Yellow Card.
- You may want to prepare some of the ingredients or vegetables before the session, such as peeling them.
Chopping the vegetables
- Everyone should make sure they’ve washed their hands.
- Divide everyone into small groups, making sure each group has adult supervision.
- Give out the child-safe, plastic knives, child-safe vegetable peelers and chopping boards.
- Hand out the vegetables to each group.
- Each group should wash their vegetables in running water.
- With adult supervision, young people can carefully chop the vegetables as required.
- An adult may need to help chop some of the harder vegetables, such as carrots. Make sure to use and store any sharper knives away and out of reach from young people.
Cooking the vegetables and noodles
- Two adults should prepare the noodles and vegetables for this recipe, making sure to cook at a safe distance away from young people or other activities.
- One adult should add vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and pineapple juice to a saucepan.
- Place the saucepan over a medium heat, making sure the handle isn’t in a place where it can become knocked or hot. Whisk the mixture carefully until it's just simmering.
- Add the cornflour to a small cup. Add two tablespoons of water and mix them together, then add the cornflour mix to your sauce.
- Continue to whisk until the sauce thickens.
- Add your sugar into the pan and continue to whisk.
- Finally, stir in two packs ready to cook medium egg noodles and simmer for a further four minutes.
- When the noodles are cooked, they should be taken off the heat source and placed on a heatproof surface, then left to cool down away from young people.
- While the noodles are being cooked, another adult should boil or stir-fry the vegetables, making sure to closely monitor them. Once they’re cooked, the pan should be taken off the heat source and placed on a heatproof surface, then left to cool down away from young people.
Decorating the noodles and trying new toppings
- When the food has cooled, serve the noodles into bowls for everyone to have one each. Put the toppings onto plates or into bowls with serving spoons, so people can help themselves.
- Ask everyone to wash their hands.
- An adult should help serve the toppings to young people.Invite the group to choose the toppings to add to their noodles. They might want to make a space pattern or make it look like a Star Wars character!
- People could be encouraged to try new toppings, but no-one should be made to eat or try anything they don’t want to.
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Reflection (or Jedi Meditation)
Invite the Jedi younglings to sit in a circle with their legs crossed and their hands on their knees.
Explain that the Jedi code teaches us we must meditate on the things we’ve been doing.
Invite the group to close their eyes and think of the activity they've just done. Using a calm voice read out the reflection below. Tell everyone that you’ll ask some questions, but for now just think of the answers for themselves. When you’ve finished reading through the reflection, invite everyone to discuss some of the questions.
This activity invited you to be courageous and to try new things, such as noodles and vegetables you may not have had before.
How can you help other people be brave and achieve something they didn’t think they could?
Noodles are often found in East Asian cooking. Did it look like anything else you have tried before? Have you eaten noodles before? If not, did you give it a go? What did they taste like? Was it easy to prepare all the vegetables? How did you help other people with their vegetables?
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
Remember to check for allergies, eating problems, fasting or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you’ve suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods. Take a look at our guidance on food safety and hygiene.
- Hot items and hot water
Kettles, cookers and microwave ovens produce a lot of heat by the very nature of them. Caution is needed when in contact with items that have been heated and young people should use them under adult supervision. Use on a suitable surface, protecting it if necessary. Never leave hot items unattended and make sure there’s a nearby first aid kit, with items to treat burns/scalds.
Think about prepping the vegetables before this activity, so you can go straight into the cooking.
If anyone finds chopping things more difficult, think about pairing them up with another young person, young leader or adult to help them. They might also be able to do another task, such as reading out the recipe, stirring or washing up.
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.