Invite kids to put on their chef hats – and listening ears!
What They’ll Learn
Kids will recall the instructions from a recipe in order to make a fun and healthy snack.
During snack time, talk with your child about how important listening is, especially in the kitchen. Following directions in a recipe helps us make yummy things to eat!
Pick a simple snack recipe that has 3-5 steps. (See below for suggestions.)
Start by presenting one step of the recipe at a time. Then, gradually increase to multistep directions. Use language such as "first," "next," and "last" to help describe the order of the steps (e.g., “First, you spread tomato sauce on the bagel. Next, sprinkle some cheese on top.”).
See how many details your child can recall as they assemble the snack.
Enjoy the snack together!
If your child forgets a step, help them by reviewing the ones that came before and repeating the one that was missed.
As children gain practice listening to, recalling, and following directions, you can increase the number of steps or ingredients.
Don’t forget to encourage with praise – listening for and understanding details can be difficult for kids!
Use cucumber slices, crackers, or bread cut into quarters. Choose fillings such as cream cheese, raisins, cheese slices, tuna fish, turkey – anything you like!
On mini bagels, layer on tomato sauce, shredded cheese, veggies (such as mushrooms or pepper), plus any other ingredients, like chunks of pineapple and ham.