Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cooking

Book Suggestions:

Cook-a-doodle-doo by Janet Stevens
Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
Kids Cook 1-2-3 by Rozanne Gold

Activities:

Sort Foods:

Materials: foods of different colors

Description: Take out a variety of foods from your refrigerator and pantry and lay them out on the kitchen table. Together, you and your toddler can sort these foods by color. When all the food is sorted, count how many green foods, red foods, orange foods etc. that you have. See if your toddler can name each color and each food.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort by color, teach your tot to count, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to recognize everyday objects, teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development

Utensils:

Materials: big spoons, small spoons, big forks, small forks, butter knives (do not let your toddler touch knives)

Description: Take several of each utensil out for your toddler to see. Have your toddler name these utensils. Take out a bowl of water. Your toddler can sort the utensils and count each group. Talk to your toddler about what each utensil is used for. See if your toddler can name foods that they can eat with a spoon and a fork.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot to recognize everyday objects

Painting with Fruits and Vegetables:

Materials: a variety of fruits and vegetables, paint, paper

Description: Provide a variety of fruits and vegetables for your toddler. Talk about each fruit and vegetable with your toddler. Have them name each food and tell you what color they are. Your toddler can then use each different fruit of vegetable to paint on a piece of paper. (You can cut the fruits and vegetables to make this easier for your little one)

Skills Targeted: teach your tot creativity, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to recognize everyday objects, teach your tot motor skill development

Measuring Cups:

Materials: measuring cups, a large bowl, water

Description: Show your toddler the measuring cups. See if your toddler can put them in order from biggest to smallest. Have your toddler fill each measuring cup with water and pour it into a large bowl. Count how many cups it takes to fill the bowl with water. Do this same activity with a 1/2 cup and a 1/4 cup.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop beginning measurement skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to compare and contrast sizes, teach your tot to understand the concept of big, teach your tot the opposites bigger and biggest

Cooking:

Description: Throughout the week, let your toddler help you cook dinner. Give your toddler small tasks to do such as washing vegetables or stirring ingredients together. (Do not let your toddler touch sharp objects such as knives or get close to the hot stove). Talk to your little one about the utensils and cookware that you use while preparing each meal.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to following directions, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot life skill development, teach your tot language development

Play dough Fun:

Materials: play dough, cooking utensils such as rolling pin, spoons, spatula, fork, dull plastic knife, cookie cutters etc

Description: Let your toddler have fun using cooking utensils to play with play dough. Show them how to roll dough using a rolling pin and play dough. They could practice stirring play dough using a spoon, practice cutting play dough with a dull plastic knife, practice flipping play dough pancakes using a spatula, cut the play dough with cookie cutters etc.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot life skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot creativity and imagination

Musical Cooking:

Materials: Pots and pans, large wooden spoons

Description: Give your toddler several pots and pans and large wooden spoons. Talk to your little about what they are used for. Then tell your toddler that they can also use these objects to make music. Encourage your little one to bang on the pots and pans with the wooden spoons like drums.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to make music, teach your tot motor skill development

Gingerbread Man:

Materials: gingerbread cookie dough, gingerbread cookie cutter, icing, sprinkles

Description: Read the book The Gingerbread Boy to your toddler. In this book, a gingerbread boy escapes out of the oven and runs away. After reading this story, bake gingerbread cookies with your toddler. Roll the dough together and cut them using cookie cutters. Put them in the oven and bake according to the packaging directions. When the cookies are finished, distract your toddler, and take them out of the oven without your little one seeing. Hide the gingerbread men cookies and put the empty baking sheet back in the oven. Leave a trail of cookie crumbs or sprinkles coming out of the oven to where the gingerbread cookies are hiding. Call your toddler into the kitchen to "help you take the cookies out of the oven." When you open the oven gasp and tell your toddler that the gingerbread men must have run away. Show your toddler the trail of crumbs and encourage them to follow the trail and find the cookies! When you find them, your toddler can decorate the cookies using icing and sprinkles and eat them up!

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recall a story, teach your tot creativity and imagination, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot motor skill development

Utensils Song:

Materials: a variety of different utensils

Description: Sing the utensils Song (found below in Songs and Finger plays) and hold up each utensil as you and your toddler sing about it. Over the course of the week, lay the utensils out in front of your toddler, and see if they can pick the correct utensil as you sing about it. (You could use pictures of utensils if you don’t want to use the real thing)

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize everyday objects, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot language development

Be a Chef:

Materials: pots bowls or a pan, spoons or other utensils, dried rice beans or other food items that you have on hand, water

Description: On your kitchen floor (or other easy to clean surface) provide a variety of pots, pans and bowls for your little one as well as some dried rice, beans, flour or other food items that you have on hand. Let your toddler “cook.” As they are mixing all the ingredients ask them what they are making. Talk about the colors of the foods, and how they feel etc.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot life skills, teach your tot to use their imagination, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to play

Mud Kitchen:

* Warning: MESSY!
Materials: OLD pots, pans, spoons, and other cooking utensils, a piece of wood or old small table

Description: On the piece of wood or old table draw circles with permanent marker to represent stove burners. Provide your toddler with old pots, pans, spoons, bowls, cups and other cooking utensils (we took a special trip to good will to get some of these items). Let your toddler have fun playing kitchen using mud, water, grass, leaves, etc. Encourage your little one to tell you what they are cooking!

Skills Targeted: teach your tot to use their imagination, teach your tot to play, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to be outside

Make a grocery list:

Materials: pictures of food, glue, paper, scissors, pen

Description: Talk to your toddler about how you need ingredients to cook. Ask your little one where we go to buy food. Your toddler can help you create a grocery list. Lay out several pictures of foods that you need at the grocery. Call out a food, for example strawberries, and see if your toddler can find the picture of the strawberry. Have your toddler glue it to a piece of paper and you can write the word strawberry next to it. Continue this until all the pictures are glued on. Have your toddler bring their list to the grocery store. Give them a pen and let them cross off the items as you find them. You little one can also help you put things in the shopping cart while you are at the store.

Skills Targeted: teach your tot life skills, teach your tot listening skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to recognize foods, teach your tot to help you and be responsible, teach your tot to follow directions

Songs and Fingerplays:

Utensil Song:

sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

In my kitchen, There is a spoon,
There is a spoon,
There is a spoon.
In my kitchen there is a spoon
I use it to stir and eat.

In my kitchen there is a fork
There is a fork
There is a fork
In my kitchen there is a fork
I use my fork to eat

In my kitchen there is a knife
There is a knife
There is a knife
In my kitchen there is a knife
I use it to cut food.

In my kitchen there is a spatula
There is a spatula
There is a spatula
In my kitchen there is a spatula
I use it to flip food

Continue this song for different utensils and appliances in your kitchen

Cook, Cook, Cook

Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Cook, Cook, Cook
Cook, Cook, Cook
I love to cook
I stir the food
and Mix it up
I help my mom cook supper.

Cook, Cook, Cook
Cook, Cook, Cook
I love to cook.
I help my wash
Wash the vegetables
And put them in the pot.

Online Fun:

Coloring:

Visit http://www.coloring.ws/ for free printable coloring pages

Egg
Gingerbread Man
Fruits and Vegetables

Videos:

Visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/ for some great videos and games

Apple Raisin Walnut Cookies
Healthy Cookie
Kids Make Cornbread

Recipes and Snack:

Since this week is all about cooking, you and your toddler could cook anything together. Here are some ideas for easy recipes or snacks:

Pudding
Fruit salad (with yogurt)
Cookies
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Jell-O
Homemade Popsicles

2 comments:

Shonda said...

Wonderful post! I love all the unique ideas you have for cooking. Will be using this one!

Orgreenic said...

Having your kids help you with meal prep in the kitchen may be a fun activity as well as a way to keep up communications with each other. Great post.

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