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Cooking with Kids Inspired by Childrens Books

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Teach your children to cook and inspire them by using children's books

Teaching children to cook is such a valuable life skill! There are so many  ways to introduce cooking to your kids. You might let them get hands on with day to day meal prep , bring in some special cooking activities or even consider enrolling them in a life skills programme like Skill Trek.

There is however one more way of getting your children to enjoy spending time cooking with you in the kitchen. Why not combine your child’s love of reading with learning to cook and try out some recipes from some of their favourite picture books?

Here are 10 of our favourite children’s books to get your kids inspired and in the kitchen:


Pancakes for Breakfast Book Cover with Picture of Woman, her cat and dog and stacks of pancakes. (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Pancakes for Breakfast

Who doesn’t like pancakes for breakfast? Pancakes are super easy to make and your child can choose to add whatever toppings they like best! There are several recipes you can follow for making yummy pancakes but at the least you will need:

  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Your child’s topping of choice!


Everybody Bakes Bread Book Cover Amazon Affiliate LinkEverybody Bakes Bread

In this tale, the main character Carrie, takes a walk around her diverse neighbour hood and discovers all the different types of bread they like to bake. There are so many different recipes to choose form you’ll have to check this one out for yourself to see exactly what you’ll need!


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Little Women

Pickled Limes! Fancy giving them taste? In Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Amy has a slight obsession with pickled limes and these are super easy for children to make. This one will take a few days before they are ready to eat and will require a little maintenance each day which makes it even more fun. You will need:

  • Limes
  • Salt
  • A Jar with a Good Seal


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Thunder Cake

I love this picture book and it is a fantastic one for the child who loves nothing more than to bake a good cake! Though it might require a trip to the store to make sure you have everything on hand. You will need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Shortening
  • Water
  • Tomatoe Puree
  • Baking Soda
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Salt


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The Lion Witch and The Wardrobe

In this classic story Edmund given copious amounts of Turkish Delight to eat by the evil White Witch. Why not try making some Turkish Delight at home with your children?  You will need:

  • Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Rose Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered Sugar


A Bear Called Paddington book cover with the picture of a brown bear in a blue duffel coat and with a red hat holding a brief case. (Affiliate Link) A Bear Called Paddington

Paddington is a very popular bear and his favourite food is Marmalade. You could have your children simply make up some marmalade sandwiches or let them have a go at making their very own! At the very least you will need:

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Marmalade


The Troll

Fish, fish and more fish is exactly what this troll doesn’t want. Through the entire book all this little guy wants is a nice tasty goat stew but he never get it! Perhaps you will! Help your children put together their very own goat stew. You will need:

  • Goat
  • Onions
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Vegetables of your choosing
  • Tomatoes
  • Spices to suit your taste


 Run Away to the Circus Book Cover (Amazon Affiliate Link)Run Away to the Circus

This book is from The Culinary Children’s Library and is full of rhymes and recipes that are perfect to cook with little children! We had great fun trying out the caramel coated popcorn.


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Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare!

The forest animals in this picture book are busying themselves getting ready for their spring party. Their are cupcakes, jellys and all sorts of tasty treats but our favourite of all is the blueberry tart! Rolling our pastry is always fun for little hands, and unlike play dough, you can bake it and cook it when your through!

You will need:

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Blueberry’s
  • Fresh Cream to Serve it with (totally optional but delicious!)


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Little House in The Big Woods

Last but not least one of our families favourite chapter book read alouds; Little House in The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In this story one of the childrens favourite treats is Maple Candy. For the best results follow this recipe from Laura’s Prairie House.

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