Colonial Food Day

It’s time to put on your thinking caps for today’s lesson! Think about where you get your food. Tell your adult where you get your food. Do you grow your food? Well, people in Colonial America had to grow their own food! On the farm they had animals to help them grow their food like a mule or another animal that says “neigh!” Can you guess what that animal is? The farm sometimes had animals that would lay eggs that could be used to bake a cake or for a delicious breakfast. What animal lays eggs? Can you name some other animals on the farm?

Activity - Coloring

It’s time to color! Pretend that you are a farmer. What animals would be on your farm? Would there be a big red barn? What would your house look like? What would grow on your farm? Don’t forget to use lots of colors!

How Soldiers Ate

During the American Revolution, soldiers were given “rations” which were supplies of food. Sometimes soldiers had a haversack that carried a cup, plate, fork, knife, and spoon inside. But sometimes, soldiers didn’t have a fork and had to eat with their hands! They cooked for themselves over a fire they built. Have you ever gone camping? Have you ever roasted hot dogs or marshmallows over a fire?

Let’s see a real soldier cook! Watch this clip of soldiers cooking in the field. These soldiers cook beef and flower cakes with nothing but sticks and rocks!


Haversacks are what soldiers would carry food, and supplies in!

Re-Enactment Soldier Holding a Brown Canvas Bag

Colonial Dishes

The colonials ate a lot of:

  • Cakes
  • Fruit
  • Meats
  • Pies
  • Vegetables

Browse some recipes of colonial dishes! Look through the different dishes and see which ones you would like to eat. Are there any you wouldn’t like to eat?

Activity - Soup Craft

What You Need

  • Construction paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Plastic spoon


  1. Cut construction paper into a circle. Have a grown up help you. 
  2. Color the soup with whatever you want to put into the soup! 
  3. You could also cut up pieces of construction paper and glue it onto your soup. 
  4. If you are practicing your letters, make an alphabet soup! 
  5. Use a little drop of glue or a piece of tape to fasten the plastic spoon into your bowl of soup.


Here are some ideas:

Paper Soup Craft Project 1
Paper Soup Craft Project 2

Ducksters Education

If you want to learn more about colonial food, visit Ducksters Education website with your child!