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Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook

Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook

by Marianne E. Dambra

ISBN 978-1605541587

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So many in Early Childhood Education avoid adding cooking activities into their weekly planning.  It is avoided because many programs do not have access to a stove or oven. 

This book completely solves this problem by offering over 50 cooking activities that do NOT require heat at all!  

This is more than your "Let's make a fruit salad" type of a book!  It includes recipes for Appetizers and Dips; Beverages; Fun with Fruit; Snacks and Cookies and Pies!

The recipes in this book include basic foods in an organized ingredient list. There are easy to follow, numbered directions to follow and every recipe includes a high quality, beautiful color picture of the completed item!

This is more than just a cookbook!  It is a cookbook written for child educators BY a child educator.

My FAVORITE Parts of the Cooking Is Cool Book!

What I love most about this book are the Extension and the Did You Know boxes that are included for each recipe.

The Extension Box includes suggestion for classroom activities that are related to the recipe.  For example, there are two art activities suggested on the Sunshine Shake recipe page.  

The Extension boxes also include book suggestions related to the recipe. For example, on the Banana Stacks recipe page, the author suggests reading Chimps Don't Wear Glasses by Laura Numeroff as a way to "read about all the crazy things animals should not do!"

Did You Know Box : This is fun for teachers and, in some cases, information we can share with our children or children's families!

For example, Did you know that cows drink 35 gallons of water each day? that is the equivalent to a bathtub full of water!" (p. 39).

The author's background and experience in Early Childhood Education is clear not only in her recipes for fun, healthy recipe choices for children, but also in her introduction to the book, which includes information about what children learn through cooking, how to begin cooking with kids and basic items/materials you will need to do so.

I highly recommend this Cooking Is Cool book to all teachers of young children. It is great for those in child care centers, family day care programs and homeschooling families!

Disclaimer: I was offered a copy of the book to read from Red Leaf Press in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands.

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