Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kitchen for Kids: Holiday Cooking

Food Groups Preschool Activities

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the best  for festive meals with family and friends. This also means busy time in the kitchen which can be overwhelming with the little ones running around. We are planning on including kids in some fun cooking. I thought it's a perfect time to review the food groups to help them make healthy choices at the holiday table. Our list of "cook books" we read for the holidays can be found here: In the Kitchen.

These great resources will get kids excited about cooking and food - looking forward to spend some sweet time in the kitchen with My Firefly. Well, yes, I am excited! Just look at these pictures!




Sorting food groups, Montessori style - free printables provided at Every Star Is Different.

Read the book, make a collage, and play a game. These Foods Collage fun activities are from The Preschool Toolbox Blog.

Experience the kitchen with your little ones! Colors, scents, tastes, textures: In the kitchen Tot School activities.



Fruits and Vegetables

Little hands that cook with books: vegetable group can be found at The Educators' Spin On It. They had fun reading and discussing books; and made a cool Vegetable Pizza Snack together!

Fruit and vegetable farm classification activities can be found at Teach Me Mommy. Where does it grow? - a question we need to learn for sure :)

Pumpkin Pudding and Pies made together is such an inspiration from Premeditated Leftovers.

Fruit Animal Snacks from Laugh With Us Blog are so fun and yummy!



Grains

Build a Tea Party - all time favorite!

Crusty Country Loaf from Small People Big Ideas is great not only for the taste buds, but also for fine motor skills.

Beautiful Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins can be found at Your Kids OT.

This Thanksgiving Cornucopia from B-Inspired Mama is a wonderful snack for kids and adults alike.




Protein Foods

How do animals grow on the farm and what they eat? The answers can be found at the beautiful Farm Small World created by Crayon Box Chronicles.

Meat, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds, beans and peas have much needed proteins. Look at this yummy, healthy and fun to make 15 Bean Soup from The Educators' Spin On It.

Easy Meatball Biscuit Bites from B-Inspired Mama are fun to make and yummy.

Dairy

Make your Own beautiful and tasty Yogurt Parfaits found at The Educators' Spin On It.

Kid made butter was found at Life with More Babies. So fun!

Happy cooking for the holidays!

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