Great recipes and fall cooking with kids can spark interest in the season. Fall foods are fun because all kinds of spices are used and different food items come out to create dishes that are not a regular part of other seasonal dishes. Kids are very likely to become interested in cooking when there are interesting ingredients to be tasted after the dish is prepared. Finicky eaters can surprise their parents by actually tasting and eating a dish that they have prepared themselves.
Young children are now exposed to cooking in preschool and early childhood classrooms. Kid-friendly cooking tools are used and recipe cards with a rebus format are used with young children. The Cottages at Michael’s Learning Center in Sarasota offers cooking classes for enrichment in order to spark interest in cooking. There are several choices for cooking activities that are offered in the enrichment curriculum. ” Tasty Tales” combines favorite stories with a kid-friendly recipe. The recipe that children create centers around a chosen book. There is a wealth of favorite children’s books that can be combined with a creative recipe that kids can prepare themselves. “Rollin in the Dough” at The Cottages at Michael’s Learning Center presents the opportunity for young children to learn to bake. Teachers also combine cooking with a craft activity to create interest in learning to cook. All of these choices for enrichment at The Cottages at Michael’s Learning Center are great opportunities for getting young children into the kitchen. The Cottages at Michael’s Learning center is located at 602 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. You may call 941-377-9700 if you are looking for a quality early childhood education center that offers cooking opportunities for young children. You may log on at www.thecottagespreschool.com to learn more about this early childhood center.
Pumpkins are a large part of fall cooking with kids and the pumpkins are here! A fun read-aloud Tasty Tale that can be combined with an easy recipe is “Too Many Pumpkins” by Linda White. The character discovers that one can never have too many pumpkins for preparing tasty fall dishes to share with her friends and neighbors. The included recipe that young children will enjoy is a delicious pumpkin butter.
EASY PUMPKIN BUTTER
*1 29 oz. can pumpkin puree
*3/4 cup apple juice
*2 teaspoons ground ginger
*1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
*1 1/2 cups white sugar
*2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Directions: Combine pumpkin puree, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan. Stir well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Transfer to clean containers (baby food jars are great!). This makes a great Christmas gift or to send home at Thanksgiving.
Fun video included with kids in a school culinary class.