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Friday, August 7, 2009

Cooking With Children Help?

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Hi everyone. I am looking for a little help. This coming year at school I want to incorporate working with food much more often. I am keeping an eye out for very simple, maybe even non-cooking recipes, that I can make with the children.

A little while back, a site I visit very often had listed some sites where one can go to get easy kids' recipes. I commented and thanked the person, saying that I was very interested in checking these sites out for the upcoming school year. Well, you know what happened. I thought I saved it, but I didn't. Now I can't find that site with that great list on it.

If you are the person that wrote that wonderful post, could you please let me know. Also, please feel free to leave a great site or recipe in my comments that I could try with the children. We don't have an oven, but I can bring in my toaster oven. We have a microwave, and I will probably be looking into a hot plate. The simpler the better.

I thank you so much for all your help! Trish

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Myrnie said...

I love cooking with my daughter. So far our favorites are
1) Granola in a huge bowl, so she can stir with her hands and it doesn't splash out. (I've seen people cook this in a crockpot, too!)
2) Bread/rolls. She loves to get a piece to knead, shape, make into snakes, etc. If you make the recipe into rolls, the kids can roll them in balls.
3) Stone soup. I just love that book! I remember bringing the carrots when I was in kindergarten :)
Have fun!

Rachael Davis said...

Paula Dean has a great Cooking with Kids book!

Deb_in_oz said...

the best site for cooking with kids is spatulatta

it is a site done BY kids for kids and shows the recipes done step by step with videos and has the recipes for you to print out. if an 8-12 yo is doing it alone you could do it with your kids easily i think (at least some of the selection) - they have themes which can be great to - foods from certain countries and cultures, holiday recipes etc

~Bobbi~ said...

Great idea! There are tons of cookbooks out there in the kids section of the book store specifically for families and kids. Or really the kids just help me out with everything I cook. There's always something they can do like beat eggs, grate cheese, stir meat- whatever. They take in everything we teach in the kitchen.

~Bobbi~ said...

I looked up that spatulatta site and it is awesome!!!!!

Preschool Playbook said...

Thanks to everyone for all the great and helpful comments!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Cooking is so much fun, and I'm sure the kids will have a blast! We love making homemade pizza, and Emily gets her own mini pizza to make. So much fun!

BranFlakes said...

I used to do cooking with kids/cup cooking once a week in my 4 yo class. It almost always went with the theme we were doing for that week.

Just to name a few off the top of my head...

Friendship fruit salad, trail mix, soup - each kid dump ingredient in bowl/pot and stir. I loved to make little recipe cards so the kids would know what to do, I'm sad that I left ALL of those cards at the preschool because I would love to use them now with my kiddos.

fish sandwiches- with cookie cuttir, cut 1 slice bread into fish shape. Mix 2 spoons tuna with 1 spoon mayo. Spread on bread. You can do this with other shapes and sandwich fillers.

pudding in a bag- astronaut food.

english muffin pizza

dirt pudding

Preschool Playbook said...

English muffin pizzas are my favorite. I love when we have that day at school. Thanks for all the other great ideas too--love the fish sandwich.

Christie Burnett said...

These Apricot:Coconut balls are easy and fun for no-cook cooking!

I've enjoyed visiting your blog,
Christie said...

I have always used picture/word recipes in my classrooms,so that the children can read along and make the connection between the image and the written word. There are a collection of child friendly picture/word recipes at my website These recipes have been tested in classrooms. I hope this helps.