large non-breakable bowls
small pitchers filled with water
measuring spoons and cups
various dry food substances such as salt, flour, sugar, cornmeal, oatmeal,
cornstarch, and so on
chef hats and aprons (optional)
1. Set up materials as desired. This is a good indoor or outdoor experience. Let
the children explore freely through mixing and measuring.
2. Guide the process by asking questions such as “how many?”, “how much?”,
“what happens if…?” and “what is the difference between…?”
3. As pretend cooking dwindles, extend the exploration by having the children
wash and dry the utensils.
4. Afterward, use the same materials to bake cookies.