Looking for a fun, new activity to try with the children in your program? How about a pizza party? Not only is making pizza fun, but it allows children an opportunity to practice fine motor skills as they sprinkle cheese and add toppings. There are a variety of fun and simple ways to make pizza with young children and we are sharing a few of our favorites! Each recipe is quick, budget-friendly, and requires only a few ingredients to make.
Cooking with children offers an educational, fun, and enjoyable experience for children to practice early math and social-emotional skills. To tie recipes into your curriculum, choose some of your children’s favorite books and find recipes that relate to the story! Children quickly engage in activities that stem from stories and characters they already love. To help you get inspired, we are sharing a few of our favorite books to cook with.
Cooking with children has many benefits. From team building to early math and science skills, children who cook their own foods will enjoy an opportunity to learn and create together! An easy way to make healthy muffins is to throw all of the ingredients into a blender, mix them up and then pour directly into muffins tins to bake! Children in a group can take turns adding different items to the blender, while discussing measurements and nutrition.
Children have a curiosity about the world around them. They wonder about how things came to be, and where things come from. This curiosity often expands to their own plates during mealtimes! Children will ask questions about where their food comes from and will be curious to learn about its history. Books are a great way for children to explore the history and story of their foods. Stories about healthy foods also offer an opportunity to talk to children about healthy eating and nutrition.
One of the best parts about Fall is that apples are in season! Apples make a quick and easy snack for you and the children in your care. They can also be made into lots of delicious and simple treats. This recipe can be incorporated into small group time in a classroom setting, or made at home with the children in your care.
Looking for a collaborative project that encourages children to work together? Try making a friendship fruit salad!