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  • Thanksgiving: The Perfect Holiday for Gratitude and Service

    Thanksgiving is a tradition-filled day that kicks off the end-of-year holiday season of shopping, decorating, exchanging gifts and, hopefully, charitable giving. No matter how your family honors Thanksgiving, it is full of opportunities to create new family traditions that help children understand how lucky they are to have the comforts of home, food, and family and that teach family members to express gratitude for all of the goodness in their lives.

    Seasonal Learning: Fall Cooking Social Emotional
  • Make Healthy Fun! Teaching Nutrition to Kids

    Children start developing eating habits right away. From the time they get teeth and begin to eat solid foods, children already have a pattern to their mealtimes and are beginning to determine what foods they like and dislike. This is why it’s so important to teach nutrition early! With the right teaching, children can learn how to choose healthy foods and determine what their body needs to feel good, making it easier to continue those healthy habits in adulthood.

    Movement and Play Lesson Planning Cooking
  • Sponge Cakes

    Play food is a fantastic way for children to play and learn! By playing with toy food, children are able to emulate the adults in their life by “cooking” and “baking” while also developing motor skills, logic skills, sense of cause and effect—the list goes on!

    Movement and Play Art Cooking
  • How to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Eating (Hint: It Involves Cooking)

    Getting young children interested in healthy eating is no easy task! When compared to junk food or sugary snacks, fruits and vegetables aren’t very attractive choices to kids. But, healthy cooking activities for kids are a wonderful way to interest your little ones in healthy eating and bring some fun experiential learning into your kitchen.

    Lesson Planning Cooking Science
  • Making Applesauce and Other Kid-Friendly Recipes

    Teaching kids life skills doesn’t have to be boring! Cooking with kids is a great way for parents and teachers to share valuable life skills and have a little fun along the way. Whether you’re at home, or cooking in the classroom, MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter’s Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children, is full of activities sure to inspire your budding chefs. 

  • St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for the Classroom

    St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let your students have some fun! A St. Patrick’s Day party is a wonderful way to do this, giving students a chance to socialize, do crafts, and learn through play. 

  • Yummy Science for Preschoolers: Ice Cream in a Bag

    July is National Ice Cream Month and science activities for toddlers involving food are a fun way to learn while celebrating this tasty treat. Preschool science experiments give students a chance to explore the world around them in a variety of ways, which also helps them develop in other areas of learning such as social-emotional, math, and literacy. National Ice Cream Month is the perfect opportunity to add simple science experiments for kids, like making ice cream in a bag, into your toddler lesson plans.

    Lesson Planning Cooking Science
  • Fourth of July Fun!

    One week until Independence Day! We're looking forward to the fireworks, food, and family time that the holiday brings, but we also love the significance of the holiday: the day that our first Congress approved the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and we established ourselves as a new nation. Many celebrations involve barbecues and picnics, and nearly all celebrations include fireworks! 

    Summer Learning Outdoor Learning Cooking
  • Get Creative with 5 Healthy Pizzas for Kids!

    We all know pizza is almost every child’s favorite go to for a tummy filler. (Probably because it’s nearly every adult’s favorite comfort food, too!) The great thing about pizza, besides how good it tastes, is that it allows for creativity!

  • 3 Creative Snacks for Your Preschooler!

    If you’re the parent of a preschooler, then you know they LOVE snack time. What’s fun about preparing simple, nutritious snacks is that it provides an opportunity for children to get involved. Turn your snack time into quality time spent with your toddler as you bring creative recipes to life!


Toddlers and preschoolers love playing in the kitchen, and now you can encourage learning through their explorations. Teach 2 to 5-year-olds about kitchen safety and basic science and math principles through cooking projects that are loads of fun and easy to prepare (and clean up).

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