Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
The Edible Schoolyard Project Lesson Plans
“The Edible Schoolyard Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the transformation of public education by using organic school gardens, kitchens, and cafeterias to teach both academic subjects and the values of nourishment, stewardship, and community.” They offer a massive database of 100+ lesson plans, covering cooking, kitchen skills, gardening, and more. For grades PreK-12.
Teaching basic home skills is essential if you are to launch a successful adult into the world. If your child is ready to learn some basic cooking skills, the Cook's Thesaurus is a good place to look up unfamiliar terms and ingredients. And don't forget Menus4Moms is a great place to send them when they are ready to plan some of their first menus!
BBC: A Guide to Cookery Skills by Age
This guide by BBC Good Food breaks down how to teach different age groups, from 18 months to 18, how to cook. Each section provides tips on different activities that are age-appropriate, fun and easy recipes, and videos on different kitchen techniques and skills.
Kids Can Cook: Cooking Skills by Age
This guide from Hey Kids What’s for Dinner provides multiple resources to teach kids in every age group how to cook and help in the kitchen, with just as many tips for parents. The site includes fun recipes, tip and tricks, and helpful articles among others.
Kids Cook Monday Lesson Plans
A series of lesson plans from Kids Cook Monday, by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, that teach nutrition, food science, and kitchen skills, alongside an easy-to-follow recipe.
Kids Cooking Activities
Cooking lessons, recipes, seasonal cooking, cooking from around the world, and meal preparation all for kids, from Kids-cooking-activities.com.
Teaching Kids To Cook Activities and Learning Page
The Nourish Interactive contains a wealth of information on different food groups, vitamins and minerals. Provides a list of recipes for kids to try as well as nutrition facts and health tips.
KidsHealth Recipes and Cooking
A collection of easy recipes for young children to learn about food and meal preparation. From The Nemours Foundation KidsHealth.
Cooking Unit Study and Lapbook
This six-part cooking unit study from Homeschool Share covers kitchen and food safety, kitchen tools, nutrition, meal planning, recipes, table manners, and food career opportunities. Also included is a free lapbook with accompanying lessons and printables.
Cooking and Baking Preschool Lesson Plans
These cooking and baking lesson plans from Stay at Home Educator incorporate literacy, math, science, social-emotional learning, and much more.
Kids Are Great Cooks Video Lessons
Kids Are Great Cooks is a “site offering free cooking lessons for kids. Virtual cooking lessons where kids teach kids how to cook through step-by-step video instructions.” Each recipe and video lesson is accompanied by a blog post where students can learn more about the ingredients and tools that are used.
The Accidental Scientist's Exploratorium
In the Science of Cooking section of the Exploratorium, learn about the science behind recipes, cooking, and food in general. I was fascinated by the section on eggs. I recently made Pavlova and this site not only contains a recipe for Pavlova, it explains why it's called Pavlova, by The Accidental Scientist.
Cooking & Food Science STEM Activities for Kids
The Science Buddies website has a large collection of K-12 STEM lesson plans on cooking and food science that “explore questions such as how baking ingredients work, how and why certain ingredients mix well together, and why people's tastes differ.”
FoodSafety.gov has a big list of resources for learning about and practicing food safety. Topics include hand washing, food handling, food storage, cooking temperatures, food safety by type of food, and more.
Cook Smarts: Essential Kitchen Tools and More!
The Cook Smarts website features a visual guide with descriptions of many different kitchen tools and gadgets, cooking on a budget, meal planning, ingredient guides, and more.
Teacher’s Guide: Tips for Teaching Knife Skills
This guide from Utah State University provides an in-depth overview of kitchen knife skills. You’ll learn about different types of knives, how to sharpen and safely store them, and different cutting techniques for different types of foods.
Cooking Tips with Gordon Ramsey
A 20-minute video by chef Gordon Ramsay that teaches students basic skills to practice in the kitchen covering everything thing from food preparation and knife skills to safety. Perfect older students and parents alike.