We’re sharing a couple of cooking journals with you today, and we hope you and your kids love them! But before you take a look at them, let’s talk for a few minutes about why you might want to download these journals and why encouraging your children to cook is beneficial to you and them!
- Allowing your children to cook is a great way to get them interested in trying new foods!
- It gives them some appreciation for the time and effort it takes to plan, shop for, and prepare meals.
- It gives you the opportunity to chat with them while you work together in the kitchen.
- It allows you to talk about healthy foods in a natural way. (Of course we’re all for having treats now and then, but it’s important to encourage our children to eat healthy foods too!)
- It’s a way to work in some math practice in a real-life way. (Shopping for meals involves money, possibly budgeting, paying for the food, receiving change, etc. And cooking involves measuring, fractions, time-telling, etc.)
- It can help your children develop a good work ethic–especially if they have to help clean up too!
- It’s a wonderful way to do some relationship-building if you work together with your children in the kitchen.
- It’s a fun way for your children to feel accomplished and to feel like they’re contributing something important to the family.
So if you have a budding chef living under your roof (or if you’d like to), check out these journals! And then keep reading (below the sample pictures) to find out more about what these journals can help your children accomplish!
Each of the colorful, 7-page journals includes planning flow charts, recipe cards, a measurement conversion chart, a shopping list, and even a page to have your mini-chef post his/her review of the recipe!
As you can see from the samples above, these journals will give your children a fun place to work on:
- menu planning
- making a grocery list
- writing down (or perhaps even creating) recipes
- writing a meal review (Hooray for adding writing skills to cooking!)
- converting measurements
- and more!
Here are a few fun recipes for your mini chefs to try!
If you’re not sure where to start to encourage your young chefs to get in the kitchen, here are some super easy recipes to inspire them to get to baking/cooking!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream— This recipe for old fashioned vanilla ice cream will cool you off and bring back happy childhood memories! It only takes 5 ingredients and less than an hour to make this delicious, homemade vanilla ice cream!
Easy, Kid-Friendly “Lion King” Pizza –This easy idea for a “Lion King” themed pizza will be a hit when working with kids in the kitchen! Grab the recipe HERE!
Easy Alladin-Inspired Oreo Cookies— These Aladdin-inspired Oreos are so easy and fun to make with kids! They would be perfect treats, or make-and-take party favors, for an Aladdin-themed birthday party!