Preschool Prep Week 18: Cooking

We love to cook with our kids, so I thought I'd teach them a few more technicalities on the topic.

Science: My sister-in-law gave this to us as an activity so I'm not entirely sure where it originated. But if you fill half a bottle with vegetable oil, and then fill it with water it will be separated. But if you drop in a tablet of Alka Seltzer it creates oil bubbles that move up into the water. It looks like a lava lamp! So fun!
I found a link for it on S. L. Smith Photography. Here the author lists everything you need and how it works.

Math: teach the children about measurements. I think what I'm going to do for this is show equal amounts, like the gallon gal. I want to have maybe 4 or 5 empty gallon jugs, and demonstrate how you can use half gallons, quarts, pints, cups to fill the container. Count how many of each size you need to make one gallon. Then ask why you need more or less of each size to get the same output of water.
Activity: I'll be calling out ingredients and the children have to run to it, tag it and then run back. Depending on the amount of students you have you may want to do this activity one at a time. My sister in law did this the other week with Spanish words, so it would be an easy way to incorporate that. She would yell "Leche!" for example instead of milk and the kids had to run and touch the carton of milk. For older children, if you'd like to keep in in English, try choosing ingredients that the children may be less familiar with. 

Craft: Colored pasta noodles. You can either  glue onto paper, or string onto yarn. Remember to tape the end like an aglet so the ends don't fray.  Source Here are directions on how to dye pasta

Snack: Make Cowboy Caviar with the kids. This is a great snack because you don't have to use any heat. 

1 cup black beans 
1 cup black eyed peas
1 cup corn
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup black olives
1 green pepper chopped, or 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 red pepper
1/2 onion chopped
3 small avocado diced
1 cup Italian dressing
You can eat it with a fork or with tortilla chips. 

Field Trip: This might be fun to take the kids to a restaurant and let them see how food is prepared professionally. So many business don't mind as long as you call and schedule, and it's during a slow time. When I was a kid, my mom took us to a pizza place, and at the end they let us make a personal sized pizza. 



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