Simple Tools for Cooking with Children
A profound insight that I’ve gained from spending time (both professionally and personally) in the company of children, is the powerful connection between diet and behavior. Over the years I have seen consistent patterns between the food children eat and their performance in school.
As a classroom teacher, I learned very quickly that you simply cannot give a child a cupcake + candy and expect her/him to be productive or able to focus. It’s for this reason that we always had birthday celebrations at the end of the day.
This seems like a simple concept, but it has important implications for our children. We need to make sure that the food we feed them and the habits we nurture are in line with our expectations for their behavior.
Making healthy choices is the first step, we can help children take their health to the next level by encouraging them to cultivate the skills needed to prepare nourishing snack and meals for themselves and the people they hold dear.
It’s for this reason that I’ve compiled my favorite tools for teaching even the youngest chefs important skills that will serve them well for years to come!
Below you will find recipe cards that you can cut out and use to make a delicious fruit salad using the tools we love! You can find our full curriculum on teaching children about nutrition and healthy eating in, Playful Learning Teachers’ Lounge.