Food and Cooking Clubs
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$100 Deposit Required During Registration

*Funding assistance available through Developmental Pathways and Rocky Mountain Human Services*


Please be aware of our COVID-19 Guidelines and PoliciesFor more information call us at 303-221-7827 or email rachel.balderrama@sensoryhealth.org.

Did you know that eating requires us to use all eight of our senses?

For children with feeding or sensory challenges, this can make mealtimes feel especially tricky. Cooking and other fun food activities can be a wonderful opportunity to learn about new foods in an engaging environment while spending time with parents and/or peers. Often when children have the opportunity to learn and cook their own foods, it can make it feel a little less scary to interact with and try them too! Our food and cooking clubs encourage socialization between peers and will support those who may have feeding or sensory challenges. Children of all ability levels are encouraged to join us as we have fun together in the kitchen!

All groups will be taught by STAR Institute therapists who are trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and who love FOOD! Picky/selective eaters are encouraged and welcome to join! Not sure if your child qualifies as a picky eater? Check out this Red Flags Checklist. We will help meet the sensory needs of all children in class and be aware of any food sensitivities or allergies.

 


Snack and Play Program | In-person | For children ages 3-5

Duration: 90 minutes, 1x weekly for 12 weeks
Dates: Thursdays, October 7-January 20
            (No Sessions 11/11, 11/25 & 12/23)
Time: 9:15am to 10:45am
Cost: $2200 for 24 sessions* (12 Snack & Play sessions & 12 Parent Education sessions)

 

Snack and Play program brings together children ages 3-5 to a fun and social environment to work on creating positive food experiences while they develop and expand various sensory capacities and food skills. This 12-week program is designed for children who have challenges around mealtimes and eating.  The group lays foundations for feeding that will support children in feeling comfortable at the table and more willing to explore a variety of foods. By learning a new routine and structure around foods, by practicing eating with peers, and by learning about foods through play, children will build their capacity for social eating in daycares, schools, and other peer environments.

Lead by STAR therapists, sessions begin with sensory motor warm-ups to get their bodies and brains moving. The group then engages in play-based learning at the table. Food is provided by STAR and selected each session based on the play themes, goals, and sensory/oral motor needs of the children. Our Snack and Play program is a great way for kids to make connections and learn from peers. Parents benefit from 12 tailored educational sessions while being able to watch their kids from behind a two-way mirror.  
 

*Funding assistance available through Developmental Pathways - limited spaces available, funding not guaranteed, and must be eligible for program. Contact STAR therapist Rachel Balderrama at rachel.balderrama@sensoryhealth.org for additional information or questions.

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Food Scientist Club | In-person | For children ages 8-12

Duration: 90 minutes, 1x weekly for 7 weeks
Dates: Tuesdays, November 2-December 21
            (No sessions Thanksgiving week)

Time: 4:15pm to 5:45pm
Cost: $620 for 7 sessions

 

STAR’s Food Scientist Club is perfect for kids who like to think about and question how things work! Each week the Food Scientist Club conducts different food experiments to learn about the properties of foods. Food Scientists practice fixing, tweaking, and problem solving to create the perfect food. Kids will expand their understanding of food while having fun with peers. Who said not to play with your food?!

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Little Chefs | Online | For children ages 3-5

For more information please contact us at rachel.balderrama@sensoryhealth.org

Is your child interested in helping out in the kitchen? Join us for a dynamic, fun and educational class focused on using child-friendly tools so that your little one can explore and learn about a variety of foods, as well as basic cooking skills. Both picky/selective and typical eaters are encouraged and welcome to join! We will help meet the needs of all children in class. Kids will love spending time with you, learning new skills in the kitchen, exploring new foods – all in a positive peer environment.

Parent/adult participation for each child is required. Supply lists will be sent out each Friday (the week before class) to ensure you have the opportunity to purchase the groceries, supplies, and tools you will need. We will be using child-friendly knives, stovetop, and ovens at times.

Join us from Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

 


Food Scouts | In-person | For children ages 6-10

For more information please contact us at rachel.balderrama@sensoryhealth.org

Come join STAR’s Food Scouts as we learn and grow through fun outdoor activities to get your body moving and learn about nutrition and our bodies, foods, and cooking. Our planned outdoor activities are a great way to provide social and experiential learning while getting our scouts outdoors in the natural environment. Similar to other scout groups, our Food Scouts will learn and work together through various health and wellness-focused activities to earn their own scout badges. Get ready to make friends, get your body moving, learn about foods and have fun outdoors!



Head Chefs
| In-person | For teens ages 13-17

For more information please contact us at rachel.balderrama@sensoryhealth.o

Come join us for a fun cooking experience in the style of MasterChef Junior and Chopped Junior! Your child will work alongside same-age peers to learn new cooking techniques and create twists on favorite recipes. We will have weekly skills challenges, followed by the cooking of a dish or baking.

Parent/adult supervision for each child is recommended. Supply lists will be sent out each Thursday (the week before class) to ensure you have the opportunity to purchase the groceries, supplies, and tools you will need. We will be using knives, stovetop, and ovens at times.

Join us from Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

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