Sushi rolls are really fun to make and full of superfoods! My kids prefer simple fillings like tuna and cucumber, but you can put anything you like in them. Rolling the rice, and carefully lining up the strips of vegetables on the rice are both great for finger muscle development and hand eye coordination. It’s a great activity to talk about texture, and it’s a super tactile experience which promotes brain development.
What you need:
- One pack of nori seaweed
- One cup of sushi rice
- 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
- One tin of tuna
- 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise
- Half a red pepper
- One cucumber
- Soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi (if the grownups want some) to serve
- 1 sheet of baking paper
What to do:
- Cook the rice as per the directions on the packet. We put ours in a rice cooker, which is super easy. Once the rice is cooked, add the one spoon of rice vinegar and give the rice a stir. You might want to taste the vinegar with your child and talk about the flavour. It’s a great time to introduce new vocabulary like ‘sour,’ ‘bitter,’ and ‘sweet.’
- While the rice is still warm, spread it out in a thin layer on the baking paper. Make it as thin as you can and try to make it into a rectangle shape.
- Leave to cool.
- Put a sheet of nori seaweed on a chopping board shiny side up. Cut a small rectangle of rice to fit on top, but make the rice cover only about three quarters of the Nori seaweed, so there is a big edge left.
- Cut the pepper and cucumber into fine strips. Mix the tuna with the tablespoon of mayonnaise.
- Line the rice with strips of pepper, cucumber and a thin line of tuna mixture. Help your children to take their time to get everything placed neatly.
- Roll up the rice and seaweed into a roll. Put a little water on the edge of the nori seaweed that is not covered by the rice. This should help it stick. Wrap the roll in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 15 minutes. Make as many rolls as you like, you might like to make some with just vegetables, or put chicken strips or fish in some if you have it.
- Unwrap the rolls and slice them with a sharp knife. Place them on a plate with some soy sauce and pickled ginger.
Interesting things about Sushi to teach your child while you make it:
- Sushi is a common food in Japan, it is very popular and most children eat it alot.
- Japanese people traditionally added vinegar to sushi to preserve the fish.
- Rice and fish rolled in nori seaweed is called Makizushi in Japan.
- This is how people write ‘Sushi’ in Japan.
- Teach your child to say ‘hello’ in Japanese. “KON-ICHI-WA”
Extra learning idea:
To promote literacy skills with your child, you could draw the word Sushi using the Japanese writing. Put the sign on the table for the family when they eat. You could also write out menus and have your child draw the pictures. Give one menu to each family member.