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What’s In My Lunchbox? Craft Activity

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what's in my lunchbox imageBased on the picture book by Peter Carnavas (author), and Kat Chadwick (illus.),
New Frontier Publishing
, 2015.  

Find a review of What’s In My Lunchbox? (under W) here.  


Australian Curriculum Standards:

Responding to literature
Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students’ own experiences (ACELT1582)
Interpreting, analysing, evaluating
Read predictable texts, practising phrasing and fluency, and monitor meaning using concepts about print and emerging contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge (ACELY1649).
Creating literature
Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images (ACELT1580)

Health and Physical Education
Being healthy, safe and active
Identify people and demonstrate protective behaviours that help keep themselves safe and healthy (ACPPS003).  

Before Reading –
What might you find in your lunchbox today? What would you like to find in your lunchbox?
List healthy foods and sometimes foods. Categorise them into fruit, vegetable, dairy, animal, cereals, nuts and legumes, sweets.
Look at the book cover. What sort of things might this boy find in his lunchbox? What do you think he will do with them? What would you do if there was something you didn’t like?

During Reading –
Encourage children to join in…’‘Today in my lunchbox I happened to find…” Ask, What do you think might jump out next?

After Reading –  
Do you think this could be a true story? Is this possible? Why do you think the boy changed his mind about apples? What kind of muffin do you think the bear is holding? What are the clues? Do all eggs have chicks in them? What would you do if your brother or sister was in your lunchbox?

Follow Up Ideas:
– Play a memory game to list the items in order from first to last, without looking!  
– Brainstorm some ridiculous things that could be in your lunchbox.
– Design a placemat or a menu featuring your favourite foods.  

What’s In My Lunchbox? Craft Activity  

Small recycled cardboard box (we used a crackers box)
Craft glue
Coloured pencils or textas
Long piece of ribbon
Sticky tape  


1. Cut a slit across the top of the box (use the large face side. Adult help required). Mix half craft glue and half paint (make enough to cover the box). Paint the whole box and allow to dry. Once dry, paint on details and decorate however you wish.
2. Draw, colour and cut out each of the creatures that appear out of the lunchbox (apple, fish, egg and chick / chicken, bear, dinosaur, sister). Alternatively, make up your own things to jump out.   
3. Stick each of the creatures onto the ribbon, starting with the first thing at the top and sticking down the rest in order of appearance. N.B. Be sure to place sticky tape right to the top and bottom edges of your paper cut out to ensure it comes out smoothly.  
4. Through the opening flaps on the side of the box, place the ribbon with each paper cut out into the box, last thing to jump out going in first (eg. sister first, then dinosaur, etc). Pull the top of the ribbon through the slit to reveal the first paper cut out.  
5. Pull the ribbon upwards to reveal each one. Try to guess what will be next before you pull it out.  
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Numeracy Extension:
Statistics and Probability: Chance
Identify outcomes of familiar events involving chance and describe them using everyday language such as ‘will happen’, ‘won’t happen’ or ‘might happen’ (ACMSP024).
Discuss the ‘likelihood’ of these things appearing in the boy’s lunchbox, using appropriate everyday language. With a partner, list and draw 10 things each that ‘might’, ‘won’t’ and ‘will’ appear in your lunchbox. Swap lists and state each item’s likelihood of being in the lunchbox.  

Literacy extension:
Sound and letter knowledge
Recognise sound-letter matches including common vowel and consonant digraphs and consonant blends (ACELA1458)
Write the first letter of each item in your lunchbox on a large piece of paper, and ask child/ren to place them next to the corresponding letter. Eg. egg next to E, fish next to F, and so on. Adult or child to write the word once sorted into letter categories.  

Purchase What’s In My Lunchbox? from Boomerang Books.

Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp.
For personal and classroom use only, not permitted for commercial use.
© My Little Story Corner 2015  


Author: Romi Sharp

Qualified teacher, reviewer, writer and avid picture book fanatic, constantly immersed in the world of children's literature. Founder of My Little Story Corner and Just Write For Kids.

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