I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about our new virtual reading and cooking club for kids: Kids Cook with Books!
As a former teacher (and current parent!), I can’t speak highly enough of activities that promote literacy in young children. Anything goes – reading billboards to the kids while driving around town, pointing out familiar words in books, reading the back of the cereal box together, and of course, bedtime stories! But what about the kitchen? It’s the heart of the home, and where we all spend so much of our time. Why not use healthy cooking as a teaching tool?
Kids Cook with Books: How Does it Work?
It’s easy to join our virtual reading and cooking club for kids. At the start of each month, I’ll post our featured book along with a themed recipe. Simply leave a fill in the form at the bottom of this page, saying that you are joining us that month. Then, get a copy of the book from the library, or by using the links I provide. Read together…and then get cooking. Don’t forget to take photos! When you are done, I’ll ask you to share a photo of your kids in action, either on our Facebook page or on Instagram. But more on that later. Those are just details…
Feeling social? Get some friends involved and take turns hosting the monthly Kids Cook with Books cooking sessions. Make an afternoon of it – have a snack, read the book together, and then cook with the kids!
Why Should You Read and Cook Together?
Cooking, of course, is relevant to everything! It can teach new vocabulary, obviously, but it also uses math and science, and is the perfect way to show someone you love them. Reading and language are everywhere. While you cook together, point out words that relate to the strategies you are using in the kitchen – stir, mix, blend – similar, but not the same! When you are shopping at the store, you can read labels together, look for items on the grocery list, and then find those same words again when you cook together.
Every month, I’ll provide you with a seasonal recipe to make with the kids, and I’ll also give you a few other bonuses, such as some science facts or grocery store scavenger hunts!
Here’s the Kids Cook with Books Schedule for the rest of 2016:
- June: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- July: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood
- August: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, by David Larochelle
- September: Chaat and Sweets, by Amy Wilson Sanger
- October: Dim Sum for Everyone, by Grace Lin
- November: The Night before Thanksgiving, Natasha Wing
- December: Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto
I’d be honored if you’d download this printable flyer to give to your preschool, daycare center or public library!
I’ll be posting the recipe to accompany Blueberries for Sal in the next couple of days. I have several ideas running around in my head and I have to get some berries at the farmer’s market tomorrow to test them and see which one I like the best. Stay tuned…In the meantime, get a copy of the book from the library or using this link, and get ready. I’ll be back soon!
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Count Me In for Kids Cook with Books!
Join Kids Cook with Books, my FREE monthly virtual reading and cooking club for 2-8 year old kids. I've got all sorts of extra goodies on the way!