Cook Up a Show!

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Add a little drama to your kitchen- the good type of drama, that is. As a self-proclaimed theater geek, I have always been so amazed at how versatile the world of theater really is! Theater can be combined with advertisement, with lessons on peer pressure, and even combined with healthy eating! And what’s even more amazing? Kids love it! We are all characters, whether we admit it or not, so why not let your child star in his or her personal cooking show!

Here’s how this works:

  1. With your help, allow your child to decide on the show’s featured meal- this should be something that is fun and easy to make, like a vegetable pizza or a yogurt and fruit parfait. Of course, you’ll need to have all of the required ingredients available.
  2. Let the creative juices flow! Allow your child to actually create a hard copy of the menu with paper, crayons, markers and anything else they’d like to use.
  3. Now it’s time to really get things started. Set all ingredients out and begin with the recipe. Ask your child to name all of the ingredients and then narrate each step of the recipe in any way he or she would like- after all, it is their show. Remind your child to pretend he or she is on television- this will make it more fun!
  4. Once the recipe is complete, it’s time to actually eat! This is the segment of the cooking show where the chef samples the snack or meal and tells the audience how tasty the treat really is.

In only 4 simple steps, you and your child can cook up a show. This activity not only encourages creativity and imagination, but also promotes healthy eating and a healthy relationship between you and your child. It’s a win-win situation!

Tip: You can even record this activity or take pictures and then invite the entire family and/or friends to see the cooking show masterpiece.  So go ahead, have some fun and put on a show!

Written by Michelle Martin

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