Kids Can Week: Kids CAN COOK!

Welcome to KIDS CAN WEEK here at Reading Advised!!

Our goal this week is to celebrate the children in our lives here at the library and share some fun activities that you can do with them at home.  We’ll be sharing three posts this week written by our librarians on fun things that your children can “research” and learn how to do using materials online and here at the library.

Today we have Miss Lilly, one of our librarians sharing about how kids can cook and how they can learn to cook with some great recipes and cookbook ideas.  Stay tuned tomorrow as KIDS CAN week continues.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or contact us at


Hi Everyone!  It’s Miss Lilly, one of the librarians here at Scott County Public Library and I hope you are doing well.  Today I want to share some great ideas about cooking with kids.

One of my favorite ways to spend time with the little ones in my life is to cook. I find that
most kids’ recipes are simple enough for them to follow along.

The way we started cooking was with a box of macaroni and cheese. I let the younger
kids help pour the macaroni or mix in the cheese. Since then, we have baked cookies,
made mashed potatoes, and made pancakes, and other delicious meals and snacks.


Younger kids can have a tough time with things like measuring and counting. They also
should not use a knife or big appliances.

But they can usually help pour, mix,  stir, whisk,
and help with other things like keeping the counter clean, washing dishes, and setting
the table. All of these actions are important parts of cooking. As the kids grow, you can
slowly introduce them to more difficult tasks and try out new recipes.

If you are unsure of where to get started, you can always visit the library for books.
(See below for a list of some of our favorite books.) Another great place for recipes is, of
course, the internet. A couple of great websites, with kid-friendly recipes is, and


You can almost always find something for the kids to help with during cooking.

Cooking helps with vocabulary, reading, math, science, motor skills, and of course, cooking

So try out this fun experience and create some lasting memories.




For more information on what each age group can help with during cooking,
Food Network has a great breakdown of that here at COOKING WITH KIDS

List of Our Favorite Recipes:
Easy Pitta Pizza Recipe
Easy Snail Scrolls
Princess Toast
Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie



Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi and Other Party Recipes
by Kristi Johnson



Banana Split Pizza and Other Snack Recipes

by Heather E. Schwartz



Cooking Class:  57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)

by Deanna F. Cook



Good Housekeeping’s Kids Cook!



20 Recipes Kids Should Know

by Esme
Washburn (age 12)

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