Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

Introduction

Research shows that when students have the opportunity to taste healthy foods and learn about how food is grown, they make healthier food choices!  In turn, those healthy foods improve academic outcomes in core subjects and increase the willingness of students to try new foods. Cooking helps students learn core content across all disciplines, gets them excited about eating good food, and celebrates a successful school garden harvest.

Best Practices

  • Keep it simple: Focus on raw or minimally cooked recipes with 2-4 ingredients
  • Involve students with cooking utensils appropriate for their age
  • Connect recipes with curriculum; cooking links easily to history, geography, math, physical science, and health
  • Collaborate with cafeteria staff and nutrition department; they often love to help with classroom cooking projects when resources and time allow

Supporting Resources

Cooking with Kids

The Collective School Garden Network's - Cooking with Kids and Recipes page is a one-stop shop for cooking tips and techniques, recipes, videos, equipment and food safety.

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Cooking with Kids

Life Lab - List of age-appropriate cooking tasks

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Cooking with Kids

Growing Mind - Guide to cooking in the classroom

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