I sent this home with parents during distance learning! It was so much fun!... Families loved it! -Meghan E.
Hands-on classroom cooking is best provided with small groups of 5-6 kids at a time. Consider asking parents to support your cooking curriculum. Follow these steps:
- Wash hands carefully and discuss hand hygiene.
- Give each child a copy of the recipe so they can follow along and read.
- Explore the ingredients—read the packaging, smell, feel and touch everything possible!
- Children will delight in taking turns, adding the ingredients and mixing them together. Talk about ingredients and procedures. Re-read the recipe.
- Share the finished product with the class! YUM!
- Remember to send a copy of the recipe home so children can share their cooking adventures.
Making non-bake recipes such as “Chewy Yum Yums” (our favorite non-bake treat!) provides a great lesson to inspire how-to writing, step-by-step. Invite your students to make one of the many non-bake recipes from Kids in the Kitchen for your next family or literacy evening.
Use the experience making Play Dough to inspire procedural writing. Read the recipe together with each child having a copy. Take turns adding and mixing ingredients, while continuing to review and verbalize procedural language “first we add…, next, then…” review vocabulary and step-by-step ingredients. (Notice: after play dough ingredients are mixed, it can also be cooked in the microwave.)
Download complete lesson—a 10-page TPT Freebie. It has everything you need for a memorable cooking and writing lesson!
Read the classic folk tale, Stone Soup by Marcia Brown: Act out the story with the teacher playing the narrator. Plan to make Stone Soup in your classroom! Send home a note asking each child to bring a vegetable. Teacher gets to bring a clean round stone! How satisfying it is for each child to read the recipe and contribute an ingredient. Idea: Create a graph with pictures of the veggies and invite children’s input! “Imagine! You made the whole delicious soup with just one stone!”
Choose 5-6 of your favorite recipes, print and staple, or bind them into a book.
Send copies home as a gift for family literacy! Reading and math doesn’t get any more fun than this!
Making your first non-bake cookies to share with others becomes a rite of passage for kid chefs! Beginning cooks deserve their very own cookbook—one they can grow on!
Even if you have no aspirations of becoming a professional chef, cookbook collector, or “foodie,” you owe it to yourself to read this cookbook if only for the “African Slush Punch” recipe and the best-ever classic cookie recipes! This best-selling book has proven recipes for kids of all ages. Enjoy the Northwest Indian motifs, breads from different cultures, and food as art.
Cooking and reading are life skills!
All young students deserve the integrated, hands-on reading, math, and science experiences that cooking provides. It is especially powerful for English Language Learners and Special Needs students to develop life skills with a cookbook or small recipe collection of their own! They will return to favorite recipes again and again with pride and satisfaction! You know…food is one of our love languages.
After this project, our illustrator went on to a thriving art career!
This was illustrator Pierr Morgan’s first published book. She now is recognized as a celebrated children’s book illustrator. Her imaginative, playful style adds an extra depth to our cookbook. Idea: Students of all ages may find it therapeutic to color this cookbook using colored pencils!