Simple Tools for Cooking with Children

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A profound insight that I’ve gained from spending time (both professionally and personally) in the company of children, is the powerful connection between diet and behavior. Over the years I have seen consistent patterns between the food children eat and their performance in school.

As a classroom teacher, I learned very quickly that you simply cannot give a child a cupcake + candy and expect her/him to be productive or able to focus. It’s for this reason that we always had birthday celebrations at the end of the day.

This seems like a simple concept, but it has important implications for our children. We need to make sure that the food we feed them and the habits we nurture are in line with our expectations for their behavior.

Making healthy choices is the first step, we can help children take their health to the next level by encouraging them to cultivate the skills needed to prepare nourishing snack and meals for themselves and the people they hold dear.

It’s for this reason that I’ve compiled my favorite tools for teaching even the youngest chefs important skills that will serve them well for years to come!

Below you will find recipe cards that you can cut out and use to make a delicious fruit salad using the tools we love!

Bon appétit!

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For more great tips and activities that encourage healthy choices try our online workshop, Food For Thought!

Online Class: Food for Thought


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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