The CACFP Kids in the Kitchen
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CACFP Kids in the Kitchen
The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young kids.
It isn't always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows. Lets find out what's developmentally appropriate and then apply what works in your own environment and/or share.
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Kitchen Helper Activities
Get your preschooler to try new foods by having them help you in the kitchen. Kids feel good about doing something “grownup.” Give them small jobs to do. Praise their efforts. Children are less likely to reject foods that they help to make. As preschoolers grow, they are able to help out with different tasks in the kitchen. While the following suggestions are typical, children may develop these skills at different ages. Download and Share with providers and parents.
Kids Will Make a Mess
Cooking provides many opportunities for using all the senses - tasting, smelling, touching, seeing and hearing.
Measuring, weighing and following sequential steps interest the child who is most comfortable with math and logic.
The picture cooking method for many recipes is perfect for the child who visualizes things in order to understand and produce them. Cooking in a classroom is a great opportunity for many children who learn best by working with others. The main point of cooking with children is to have an enjoyable time together.
Try the USDA picture cooking method: Look and Cook Recipes
[English on one side, Spanish on the reverse]
Learn with Flash Cards
Available in Spanish
Own Learning Pace
Each child has their own learning pace
Cookbooks for Kids
More ideas for kids cookbooks:
- Virginia Early Childhood Development Alignment Program. Milestones of child development- A guide to young children’s learning and development from birth to kindergarten. 2009. (cited 26 July 2013). Available from: (URL Link)
- Queensland Studies Authority. Scope and Sequence- Mathematics- Years 1-9- Number. 2008. (cited 9 March 2014) Available from: (URL Link)
- Picture Cooking-USDA Team Nutrition
- GoodFood Channel