"Ketchup on Your Cornflakes" by Nick Sharratt, a book you can use to learn food in English

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Title: Ketchup on Your Cornflakes

Author: Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Scholastic
Language: English
Themes: food, express your tastes
Age-range: infant-preschool, 4 – 8 years

Do you like ketchup on your cornflakes? What about custard on your ice-cream?  A lovely book by the famous Nick Sharatt. This is a great reissuing of a perennially popular split-page book inviting children to howl with laughter at the fantastic and fantastical food concoctions they create. Loved by the young learners. The book is funny and the grands love the nonsense questions. This book is sure to give your child the giggles! What a clever way to encourage kids to read! So join in the fun with “Ketchup on Your Cornflakes“!


Culture and Vocabulary:

  • food (ketchup, cornflakes, custard, apple pie, ice cubes, lemonade,  egg, toast, chips, salt, jam, milk);
  • furniture (bath, bed);
  • body parts (tooth, head, toes);
  • vocabulary in English (toothpaste, toothbrush, talcum powder, a woolly hat, a duck, a teddy);
  • prepositions “on” (cornflakes, head, egg, toast, toes) and “in” (bath, bed, lemonade);
  • possessive adjective (your);
  • difference between English and American (chips/fries, custard/cream).


"Ketchup on Your Cornflakes" by Nick Sharratt


  • Do you like… on/in ?
  • plural of nouns;
  • uncountable nouns (ketchup, custard, salt, milk, salt, talcum powder, lemonade);
  • verb: to like (present simple, interrogative form, 2nd person of singular);
  • auxiliary verb do.


  • the -s at the end of words can be pronounced in different ways: /s/ (cornflakes, chips), /z/ (ice cubes, toes) ou /iz/.
  • pronunciation of head /hed/.

Teaching suggestions:

  • How to express your tastes in English: Do you like? Does he/she like? Do they like?… What do you like?… I like/I don’t like;
  • Do you like ketchup? Yes I do./No I don’t;
  • eating habits in English-speaking countries, English breakfast for example;
  • pupils can create their own book.


Printable Activities and Worksheets “Ketchup on Your Cornflakes” – Free Download:



“Ketchup on Your Cornflakes” Videos in English:

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  1. The Ketchup on Your Cornflakes Word Search has 3 words missing!!!!! The words “cornflakes” “lemonade and “egg” are simply not in the wordsearch. I appreciate the free worksheets, and sometimes one finds a mistake in materials from the Internet…but 3 missing words!!! It was quite embarrassing today in mz English class. After searching so hard, the kids finally figured out that the 3 words simply were not included.


  2. It is easy to make your own crosswords. Here is one of which has the words of which Speak and Play English has kindly provided the pictures:
    The children can do the wordsearch on paper or online.

  3. merci bien d avoir partagé les fiches …
    s’il manque des mots, les éléves peuvent les rechercher , c est comme une activité supplémentaire et amusante .

  4. Is it possible to have the pdf of the Picture Cards in B&W for the kids to color?
    Great material.


  5. Thank you for sharing your amazing teaching resources for free. I am from South Korea and teaching young children with picture books. Hope you have a wonderful day. :))

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