Traditionally, cooking inside of the classroom is not something that we hear, talk about or even teach. It’s something our students do at home with their families. Well, I’m here to tell you that that is a thing of the past! I want you to know how easy it is to incorporate cooking into your weekly lesson plans, why you should, and some great No Bake recipes that are perfect for the classroom.
In my classroom, we have Fun Food Friday. Every Friday morning we do our “cooking” and then we enjoy our treat in the afternoon after lunch. It’s a great way to end the week, the kids love it, and the kids are learning!
What!? The kids are learning? What can they possibly be learning from cooking that is educational? Sequencing! Following directions! Math skills (adding, doubling)! Reading! Independence! How to fend for themselves! The list goes on and on.
Think back to when you first learned to make Kraft macaroni and cheese. That, at least for me, was an epic day… and it still is, considering it is one of the 5 things that I can cook and not mess up. Anyway, the first time you cooked it all by yourself, how excited were you?! How proud were you? How proud were your parents?! Cooking is kind of one of those rights of passage that you just learn over time. Well now it’s time for our students to start cooking even earlier in life and you can be the one to make it happen!
So how do you plan for cooking in the classroom? Like you plan for everything else, with a calendar. A cooking calendar. One where all of the dates are planned out for you and the list of the ingredients is laid out for you. Let’s add in simple recipe ingredients, because that always helps.
Now that we’ve covered the logistics of the why and how, let’s talk about the what. What can you possibly make in your classroom throughout the year that you don’t need a stove or an oven for? Better yet, there can’t possibly be enough recipes out there that are easy enough for elementary students to work through! Let’s be real, cooking the same thing every 4 weeks will get old super quick. The kids will start rushing through it and get bored… and then you’ll be back at square one. People, I AM ONLY KIDDING!
There are so many recipes out there for you to use in your classroom, it’s kind of crazy. Some are definitely more simple than others and there might be some that you just can’t touch (insert peanut allergy here).
I’m not saying finding the right recipes for your kids will be easy, but I’ve definitely made it easier with this guy. I’ve planned it all out for you, Friday by Friday for the entire school year. Not only do you get the recipes and the cooking calendar, you get the whole enchilada (I kid again, those aren’t on the classroom menu). You get a step-by-step activity mat for every single recipe, the calendar includes ingredients on it, and there’s a boy and girl version of the allergy permission slip for you to send home at the beginning of each month. It really couldn’t be more simple!
If you still are unsure, you can grab a free cooking lesson here that includes all of the above mentioned components. Try it out and see how awesome it is. I promise you, your life and classroom will be forever changed!
What do you think about cooking in the classroom?