Cooking Show & Children’s Café
This recipe is based on the children’s cooking show video sponsored by the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, Grand Marais, Minnesota, October 7, 2020. Families can view this 3-minute video at www.safeandhappy.org to preview what this project involves and produces, and to get nutritional information children will need to make their menu.
This session assumes the children are in an immunological bubble with low-risk of infection to each other. Masks, distancing, and enhanced ventilation are not needed among healthy same-family members, but should be worn and observed if children do not live in the same household.
This is an indoor planning, nutrition, cooking, and technology project that produces a healthful and tasty breakfast banana split, as well as an illustrated and printed menu with nutrition information to share with the family—they may want to place orders from the Children’s Café!
With adult help, children practice sequencing and planning a process that produces a healthful breakfast served “café” style with a menu. They write a grocery list of ingredients (which adults provide), organize the ingredients for easy preparation of the banana split, make the banana split, write and decorate a menu describing its nutritional offering—and invite family and friends to eat it with them.
To create a delicious, nutritious breakfast based on planning, organizing, measuring, and combining foods according to a recipe process—and to celebrate the community-building act of cooking together by eating it as breakfast or a snack.
Cooking is a fun activity, life skill and helpful family contribution that children can make. It is an excellent way to learn and practice the planning and organizational skills all ordered sequences and processes need to be successful. Cooking is also an excellent “taste and learn lab” for understanding nutrition, food choices, and meal planning.
AGES: Preschool-grade 4
TIME: 1 hour; highly flexible