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Overview

This activity book presents a detailed lesson plan format of hands-on cooking activities for young children ages two and up. The child-centered activities are easy to understand and follow and allow children and their teachers to explore such concepts as measurement, nutrition, and change in physical properties. The text has something to offer each individual child, and expansions are given to offer alternate ingredients for the growing preschool vegetarian population. Each section of the text will enable teachers and families to find cooking activities for a theme-based curriculum, to incorporate a letter of the week, or to provide a spur of the moment classroom exercise. Many different activity choices are given for each targeted alphabet letter. The activities within the text can be done by individual children or in large groups, as many of the activities are tailored to an assembly line approach to adding ingredients. This allows for many children to participate at once, while providing them with the opportunity to engage in the entire procedure. Cooking Activities A to Z focuses on cooking concepts that preschoolers can understand and grow with. Children, teachers, and families will enjoy the activities as they explore different concepts and share interesting experiences.

Joanne Matricardi, Joanne Matricardi has a B.A. in Psych. and social work, an M.Ed. in ECE and an Ed.S.

Joanne Matricardi is an early childhood instructor and preschool director with a B.A. in psychology and social work, an M.Ed. in early childhood education and an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction. She has 25 years¿ experience teaching young children. She has been recognized as 2000 Teacher of the Year at Maxwell High School and as part of Teachers as Leaders in 1999 in the Gwinnett County Public School System.

Jeanne McLarty,

Jeanne McLarty is a preschool teacher with 16 years of teaching experience and five years¿ experience as a preschool director. She is a member of numerous associations dedicated to childhood education, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • The text presents a detailed lesson plan format of hands-on cooking activities for young children ages two and up
  • The fun, hands-on, child-centered activities may be done by individual children or in a large group
  • The activities allow children to explore such concepts as measurement, nutrition, and change in physical properties
  • Each section of the text helps teachers and families to find cooking activities for a theme based curriculum, to incorporate a letter of the week, or provide a spur of the moment filler
  • Many activity choices are given for each targeted alphabet letter
Preface.
Helpful Hints.
Safety Precautions.
Equipment and Supplies.
Section A: Almond Balls.
Ambrosia
Section B: Banana Muffins.
Bear Paws
Section C: Cheese Toast.
Cherry Turnovers
Section D: Dinosaur Eggs.
Dirt and Worms
Section E: Easter Bread.
Enchiladas
Section F: Flower Biscuits.
Fruit and Cheese Sailboat…
Section G: Gold Fish Pond.
Grass Cake.
Section H: Ham and Cheese Bread.
Ham Roll-ups
Section I: Ice Cream Sandwich.
Igloo…Section
J: Jelly Rolls.
Juice Bars
Section K: Kabobs.
Kolache
Section L: Lasagna.
Layered Dip
Section M: Macaroni and Cheese.
Mexican Chicken
Section N: No Bake Cookies.
Noodles
Section O: Oatmeal Apple Crisp.
Octopus Hotdogs.
Section P: Pigs-in-a-Blanket.
Pizza
Section Q: Quiche.
Quick Crispy Dessert.
Section R: Raisin Oatmeal Cookie.
Root Beer Float
Section S: Sautéed Spinach.
Scalloped Potatoes
Section T: Tortilla Chips.
Traffic Light
Section U: Ugly Bugs.
Upside-Down Cake
Section V: Vanilla Pudding.
Vanilla Wafer Pudding
Section W: Watermelon Salad.
White Clouds.
Section X: X Marks the Spot.
Section Y: Yankee Pot Roast.
Yogurt Dip.
Section Z: Zebra Pudding.
Zucchini Muffins.
References.
Appendix A: Measurement Equivalents.
Appendix B: Recipe Reductions.
Appendix C: Increasing Recipes.
Index of Units.