Helping adults prepare children for kindergarten and life.

Show #4: Cooking

Cooking with Kids


  • apple
  • bowl
  • oven safe dish
  • knife
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • butter
  • water
  • oven (regular or microwave)


  • Ask the child to put the apple in a small bowl.
  • Fill the bowl with water until it is full.
  • Scrub the apple with his hands. While touching the apple ask him to tell you how it feels.
  • Ask him to take the apple out of the bowl
  • Empty the bowl of water in the sink
  • Explain that you will be baking the apple for him to eat. Remove the core of the apple making a hole about 3/4 inch wide. Place apple in a microwave or oven proof dish. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and fill the core hole using fingers or a spoon. Place a slice of butter on top of the filling.  Pour 3/4 cup of  water into the bottom of the dish.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes depending on the apple's size OR the apple can be covered with a paper towel and microwaved for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Take the apple out of the oven and eat it together
  • Share that you care by explaining how to be careful around a hot oven or hot food. Explain that healthy foods are good for your bodies. We care about putting healthy foods into our bodies to make us feel good.
  • Baked apples are a healthy food that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert.


 “ A Toddler’s Souffles Aren’t Just Child’s Play” by Alison Gopnik in The Wall Street Journal


  1. "Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes” by Mollie Katzen- great cookbook for preschoolers and up where the adult is given the role as helper and child as chef
  2. “Eating the Alphabet: Fruit and Vegetables from A-Z” by Lois Ehlert- this book focuses on fruits and vegetables from around the world. Provides facts about each food and teaches upper and lower case alphabet letters.
  3. “The Toddler Cookbook” by Annabel Karmel- geared for children aged 2-5. Wide variety of recipes that are both yummy and nutritious! 

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