updated April 9, 2016
Cooking with Children:
The Montessori catalogue For Small Hands is a wonderful resource
for child-size tools in the kitchen and around your home! We love the Olivewood Nutcracker and I ended up buying one for each child.
Involving children in cooking is a valuable part of every early childhood curriculum, so you'll be able
to find plenty of resources. There are Waldorf cookbooks but, to be honest, you do not really need them. They exist to fill that market for all things Waldorf:
Simply find a recipe that has child-safe steps. If all else fails, giving your child a sinkful of water and having her scrub and scrub all of your
vegetables is excellent Kindergarten work and a great help to Mom and Dad besides!
"A Grain a Day" Article - the Waldorf rhythm of nutrition
Some Favorite Simple Recipes
Earthways has recipes in it and if you purchase several of the books I've recommended for your Library -- All Year Round
and A Child's Seasonal Treasury
-- you will have even more!
Chapter 2 of Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day
is called 'Round the Table and it includes
- celebrating mealtime
- simple rituals to celebrate mealtime
- passageways for parents: mealtime
- verses for mealtime
- songs for mealtime
- stories for mealtime
- a mealtime tale to spin
The Singing Day
has songs for baking as well as a section on graces. My daughters' Kindergarten teacher had the children say grace before snack each day and they said, and memorized, a new grace
each month. By the end of the school year the children had learned a lovely selection!
I have a separate section of my picture book library just for books which have recipes included in them, or for which
baking or cooking something seems like a fun and logical fit. Also, ask your local librarian!
Here are the ones on my shelf; feel free to ask to borrow.
The Apple Cake
by Nienke van Hichtum
by Eric Carle
All in Just One Cookie
by Susan Goodman
The Little Red Hen
by Paul Galdone
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
by Philemon Sturges
Walter the Baker
by Eric Carle
Growing Vegetable Soup
by Lois Ehlert
The Ugly Vegetables
by Grace Lin
Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
by Don and Audrey Wood
The Unbeatable Bread
by Lyn Littlefield Hoopes
by Adelaide Holl
by Elisa Kleven
Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Bake a Cake
by Maj Lindman
The Queen Who Couldn't Bake Gingerbread
by Dorothy van Woerkom
The Duchess Bakes a Cake
by Virginia Kahl
by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
by Jon J Muth
The Magic Porridge Pot
by Paul Galdone
This is a great story to retell with a little house built of logs and a golden silk to pull out of the windows, as porridge bubbling and flowing down the street.
by Marjory Schwalje
by Lisl Weil would go well with the "Making Butter" activity in Earthways, pp.142-143.
I put a marble in the jar (to be the froggie) while we were shaking the cream one time, and we shook it so hard that the marble broke
the side of the jar and flew out... so I wouldn't recommend doing that!!!