Check out these unique kid friendly recipes that combine fine food with great literature. A perfect combo, is it not?
Long ago I discovered the secret to getting a child excited about reading. Drum roll, please . . . Engage more than one of their senses. In fact, the more senses you can involve, the more interested in the stories children become. Adding fabulous food to a terrific tome dazzles the eye, nose and tongue.
Some books lend themselves naturally to a particular recipe. That might be because the recipe is included as part of the story. Or, maybe it is implied by the title or story line of the book. Others can be summoned with a little creativity.
Thunder Cake is a book that my children loved! And, it comes complete with a recipe for the incredible chocolate cake pictured below.
The story itself captures the imagination of a child on so many levels. Thunder storms are frightening. Grandma comes to the rescue distracting the little ones by baking up her own little storm.
Teachable moments present themselves throughout the book as well. What is a Babushka? Can you really determine how close a storm is by counting from the lightening to the thunder clap. What unusual item is in the recipe (hint: if you look closely at the gathered ingredients below, you will discover the answer)? Is this a traditional Russian recipe?
Actually, there is something else unusual about the picture above. One of the items probably wouldn't be found in a Babushka's kitchen even if she now lived in America. Hmmm?!
As you are reading and discussing this picture book to your own wee ones on a dark and stormy night . . . why not suggest creating a Thunder Cake together?
There are many books that lend themselves to kid friendly recipes. I will continue to add my favorites here regularly. Please visit often.