I thought I’d share something that I’m giving my 4 year old nephew for his birthday busy box. He loves to cook, so I thought we’d start helping him work through simple (VERY simple) recipes on his own. Many of the recipes involve no actual cooking, focusing on just the basic skills of working in a kitchen (ingredients, measurements, and following steps). They are recipes that preschoolers would enjoy eating as much as they enjoy ”cooking”. I included pictures to go along with most steps to help a non-reader out.
I’m going to try to do one of the easier ones with J pretty soon. I already have some modifications in mind to make it even easier for younger ones, but I do think these will work well in their current state.
Here’s the entire set of cards. My First Recipe Cards
To prepare them, I printed them on cardstock. I then cut along the horizontal line and folded along the vertical one to create a front and back for each card. I then hole punched along the left side of the cards (the open side) and used two small binder rings to combine the cards together.
Add some measuring spoons, cups, mixing spoons, a hat and apron and laminate these great toddler/preschool food charts as a placemat and you have an easy gift for birthday or Christmas. If their interest continues, you could easily add a few recipes to their collection each year.
If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!