Cook-A-Doodle-Doo by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens
paper and markers
all-purpose baking mix (such as Bisquick)
measuring cups and spoons
mixing bowl and mixing spoon
oven (adult only)
1. Before reading Cook-A-Doodle-Doo to the children, show them the front
cover and ask them individually how they think strawberry shortcake is
made. Write down what each child tells you (in her own words) on a piece of
paper. Ask the children to draw a picture of the strawberry shortcake on the
2. After the children are finished, read the book. It is a wonderful and humorous
book about teamwork and cooperation that will help children learn about
the cooking process and cooking terms.
3. After reading the story, make strawberry shortcake with the children. Make
sure to break up the recipe depending on how many children are in the class
so that each child has a job. If desired, take a picture of each child doing each
step in the recipe.
4. Remove stems from strawberries and cut into thin slices using plastic knives.
Put the slices in a large bowl, mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar, and set aside.
5. Make biscuits according to the directions on the package of all-purpose
baking mix. Add butter, milk, and sugar. Bake according to package
6. Mash strawberries lightly.
7. Add a couple of drops of vanilla and one teaspoon of sugar to whipping
cream and beat together.
8. When the biscuits have cooled, break up the biscuits into pieces in a bowl.
Add strawberries and whipped cream. Enjoy!
9. Make a great bulletin board display for this activity by including the pictures
of the children cooking, along with their own illustrated pictures and words
on how to make strawberry shortcake. Make sure to include a group picture
with the book and the finished cake.