Creating Cooking Lesson Plans for Toddlers and
Cooking is a useful way to teach preschoolers a number of
different skills within the curriculum. It uses all five senses and the senses are a gateway to the brain
which enhances learning. Using cooking lesson plans for preschoolers also helps children to feel a sense
of accomplishment and independence.
The following is a list of other aspects of the curriculum that can be taught through a cooking
Nutrition – cooking lessons are a great way
to teach good
nutrition and the food groups
Health – teach young kids about cleanliness;
washing hands, washing dishes, cleaning up after yourself
Safety – cooking lessons offer wonderful
examples of how to stay safe in the kitchen
Math – cooking often involves measuring,
counting and fractions
Reading – while cooking you often have to decode
symbols, read a recipe and follow a sequential order
Language – cooking promotes communication,
vocabulary and following oral directions
Science– many times you can witness chemical changes,
you’ll use problem solving and can be involved with plant and animal products
Social Studies – by involving foods from
different countries and talking about careers with food, you can use a cooking lesson to teach social
Motor Skills – things like pouring, stirring and mixing will build
Social – children must use cooperation and
taking turns when cooking in groups
Emotional– successfully completing a recipe builds
self confidence and emulates success
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Tips for Cooking with Your
Toddler or Preschooler
Cooking with one child or several is so much
fun! But, it helps if you are organized and prepared for this task. The following tips will
help you to successfully orchestrate a cooking lesson:
- Use Simple
Recipes – while using a recipe that has to be cooked in the
oven is not out of the question however, many times it is easier to use a recipe that can be eaten right
away. But, always make sure that the cooking lesson fits the interests and the abilities of
the children you are teaching.
- Your Recipe
can Fit in with Your Teaching Theme
- Select Your
Cooking Location Carefully – you don’t always have access to a kitchen in a classroom but, pick a spot that is near
electrical outlets, a sink and washable surfaces.
- Work with a
Small Group of Kids at One Time
- Gather All
of Your Utensils and Ingredients Before You Start the Lesson
Ingredients Where Necessary
Aprons and Chefs Hats for the Kids if Possible
Disposables Whenever Possible to Cut Down on Clean Up
- Start by
- Display Your
Recipe – create a large
poster to illustrate the ingredients and utensils you will need in the recipe. Use symbols in addition to
words; write the letter 2, draw 2 apples and write the word Apple.
- Go Over the
Recipe with The Kids Before You Start – demonstrate step-by-step what the children are supposed to do, go over the ingredients and
explain words like “chop” and “beat”.
- Allow the
Children to do The Majority of the Work
- Teach Safety
in the Kitchen and How to Use Utensils Properly
- Use the 5
Senses – encourage the
children to use their senses where possible
Questions and Keep the Conversation Going
- Let the
Children Taste the Various Ingredients As You Create the Recipe
- Be Open to
- Praise the
- Involve the
Children in the Total Process Including Setting the Table and Clean Up
- When Cooking
with a Toddler or Preschool Class, Ask the Parents to Donate the Various Ingredients and Send Home a Copy of the
Recipe with the Children
Yummy Recipes to Try with Your
When was the last time you and your child did something
fun together? With these fun recipes, you and your son/daughter can have fun making something
they'll love and crave for years to come. These simple recipes give your child the chance to learn
things like measuring, sequence and fractions. It also gives you the chance to bond while doing everyday
Kid's Cobb Salad
1 head of Romaine lettuce
1/4 pound of 99%
fat-free deli-sliced turkey breast
1/8 pound of low-fat Swiss cheese
4 slices cooked crisp turkey
1 hard boiled egg
¼ cup fat-free blue cheese
Swiss cheese and turkey into strips, crumble bacon, chop lettuce, chop tomato into cubes, and dice
2. Place lettuce in two salad bowls, top with other
ingredients and toss.
3. Spoon two
tablespoons of dressing over each salad and serve.
2 Granny Smith
Tablespoons and ½ teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon
teaspoons ground cinnamon
Tablespoons chopped pecans
6 sheets phyllo dough,
Tablespoons store bought caramel sauce
1. Peel and thinly slice the
2. Combine apples, 3 Tablespoons sugar, lemon juice, flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl and set
3. Combine pecans with the remaining sugar
and cinnamon in a small bowl and set it aside.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
5. Spray 6 inch pizza pan with nonstick spray. (As
you’re doing all of this, keep the phyllo covered with plastic so it doesn't dry out) Lay 1 sheet of phyllo across the pizza pan and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
Continue layering the remaining sheets of phyllo, spraying each with the nonstick spray. Make a rimmed edge on the phyllo by rolling the edges in.
6. Arrange the apple mixture in circles on the phyllo, brush the apples with the melted butter and sprinkle
on the pecan mixture.
7. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool for 30
minutes, then drizzle with the carmel sauce.
Sweet Candy Pie
butter or margarine
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice
50 chocolate kisses or 1 1/3 cups chocolate
½ cup flaked coconut
2 cups Reese’s Pieces
1. Heat butter and marshmallows on high in a
microwave safe bowl for 1 minute then stir until marshmallows are
melted completely. Add the cereal and mix.
2. Press mixture into two greased 9-in. pie
3. Melt chocolate kisses in the microwave or over
the stove and stir until smooth.
4. Spread over the crusts and sprinkle with coconut
and candy; press down lightly.
5. Let stand until chocolate is set. Cut into
slices Italian bread
slices mozzarella cheese
teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
teaspoon garlic salt
1. On 4 slices of bread, lay one slice of
mozzarella, two slices of tomato, one teaspoon parmesan cheese, a bit of garlic salt, and six slices of
2. Top with
remaining mozzarella and bread and spread outside with butter.
3. Toast sandwiches for 3-4 minutes on a hot
griddle. Toast on each side or until golden brown.
4. Serve with pizza sauce.
Toddler or Preschooler Recipes
A cooking lesson is such a fun way to spend time with children
whether you are a caregiver, teacher, parent, relative, babysitter or friend! For more simple recipes
that can be used at home or in the classroom that are prefect for the toddler or preschooler in your life