Child Getting Ingredients
Child measuring the right amount
Child pouring batter onto stove
Child flipping pancakes
Child flipping pancakes
Child eating pancakes
children eating pancakes

Why cooking?  Children gain knowledge in multiple content domains:

  • Language development and literacy
  • Mathematical thinking
  • Multiple areas of science
  • Social studies

When making pancakes, children learn that more water in the batter will make a bigger but flatter pancake, seeing bubbles on the pancakes is one way of knowing that the pancake is ready to be flipped, and the consistency of the batter affects how easy or difficult it is to flip the pancake.

Select one of the versions to start cooking:

  • booklet:  one instruction per page.
  • 3-4 year olds:  The recipe directions are written in a rebus style (using high frequency words and pictures that stand for words).  Measurements are listed in terms of “big” and “small”. Pictures show not only what size spoon, but how many of each size.
  • grades K-2:  The recipe directions are written in simple text. Measurements are listed in cooking terms such as “Tablespoon” and “½ teaspoon”. Pictures show how many of each.
  • grades 2-3:  The recipe directions have minimal illustrations.