Since starting my culinary school journey this year, I’ve taken an interest in teaching kids about cooking.
Yes, there’s already Kids Cook, which does a fantastic job of teaching kids in the area to cook healthy meals. In fact, you should check them out.
Today, I tried some methods of my own at Lakewood Elementary in North Little Rock, where my daughter attends second grade. Since I was a writer before I was a food-lover, I incorporated some creative writing projects, as well as math and science that you might find in the kitchen.
Here’s what we did:
- We talked about culinary school. Did you know that we have to do MATH? The same stuff you’re doing now! *gasps from the crowd*
- We multiplied recipes. If a cake takes 3 eggs, and we need three cakes, how many eggs do we need? How about for 10 cakes? (Zalandria was the Math Wiz here.)
- We made lemonade, from scratch. The idea was for the kiddos to make their own this summer and have a lemonade stand.
- We wrote two pieces: one recipe (must include a title, ingredients and instructions) and one fiction story about “what happened at my lemonade stand.”
I gave each student a sheet with two recipes to take home, Lemonade from Scratch and a French Yogurt Cake, and my earlier brief ditty titled “How Far From the Farm?”. I’ll put the recipes in a separate post later.
The kids were great! I expected much more wiggling and disruption this close to the end of the year. And their recipes and stories were wonderful. I plan to post more of them, but…I’m tired. For now, I’m posting my favorite, by Emma G.: