All Cloverbuds like to eat so why not let them make a snack to share at a Cloverbud meeting? There are several recipes that they can make that do not require a stove or oven. The best part about cooking is children can learn and still have fun in the process. Skills that you can talk about as the Cloverbuds are preparing the snack can be anything from reading the recipe, math skills (like fractions), or learning about kitchen safety. As long as you make it fun, the Cloverbuds will have fun too.
Some tips that you should use when cooking with children are:
- First, be sure there are no food allergies
- Make sure space is clean and safe
- Assemble items needed to make the snack (if using a hot plate, electric skillet or toaster oven, supervise the children at all times)
- When thinking about a snack, use the MyPlate guideline for healthy treats
- Make sure all hands are clean when preparing food
- Have children use plastic knives (avoid graters since it is easy for little hands to cut themselves)
Cloverbuds can learn with hands-on experiences identifying things that are sharp, hot, and learning to be careful. A great idea when thinking about what to make, is to link the food item to a book or even a topic you are exploring. By linking your activity to a book, Cloverbuds can learn about where a food item comes from and how it gets to the table.
Here are some ideas of foods to make with your Cloverbuds:
- Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff
- Pancakes, Pancakes! By Eric Carle
You can add different fruits or toppings to the pancakes. You can also color the pancake batter and let the Cloverbuds make pancake art to eat.
- Popcorn by Elaine Landau
- The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola
- Popcorn by Sara E. Hoffmann
If you have an old Stir Crazy Popcorn maker the kids can watch it pop. Kids can make and add different toppings to their popcorn.
- From Peanut to Peanut Butter by Robin Nelson
- How Do They Make That? Peanut Butter by Jan Bernard & John Willis
Making peanut butter from scratch is a good way to show Cloverbuds what it takes to make peanut butter, especially if they can shell the peanuts themselves.
- Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Recipe: 1 Tablespoon instant pudding with ¼ cup milk
If you have baby food jars they make a great way to shake up the instant pudding, along with Oreos for dirt and gummy worms.
You may have to enlist the aid of the parents to help provide some of the food items needed to make the recipes. These are just a few ideas to get you thinking. You may have to do some prep work in advance, but seeing the enthusiasm and fun the Cloverbuds have is well worth that extra time.