Most children enjoy helping their parents with cooking. Especially when kids are just starting to read, cooking is not only a good family bonding experience, but a great learning activity too. Cooking involves math, science, thinking skills and...reading!
|Watch for this new children's picture book biography|
about Julia Child, coming out in May 22, 2012!
So grab an apron and a cookbook! You can point out words in the recipe, while you explain to your child how the words correlate to what you're doing as you measure and bake. Grocery shopping is also a great way to help kids get involved in reading - they can help you read labels as you search for the recipe ingredients!
Playing with your food...
I recently blogged about food-themed books - you can find "My Top Ten Picture Books About Food" post here. What about book-themed food? Here are some fun ideas:
Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar lunches...
|from My Food Looks Funny|
|from Nurture Store|
|from Family Fun|
|From an Edible Books Festival|
|from Parents Magazine (photo Tara Donne)|
Here's a short trailer for the brand new book titled Funny Food, by Bill and Claire Wurtzell. It's got 365 "fun, healthy, silly, creative breakfasts" for you to make with or for your kids. You won't believe some of the creations!
Another unique book is Once Upon a Recipe, by Karen Greene...More than fifty delicious, healthy recipes with cooking tips and allusions to works of children's literature. For instance: Babar's Carob French Toast, Shakespeare's Breakfast Sandwiches, Rumpelstiltskin's Pillow, and Bambi's Salad Bowl.
As Julia would say: "Bon Appetit!"