summaryHave children publish a family cookbook.
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
- Cooking, Seasonal Activities
MATERIALS: File cards, file box, pens, paper, black pen, stapler
First have children solicit their favorite family recipes. Then, the children file the cards by menu categories: appetizers, soups, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and so on. After organizing the recipes, they will need to check spellings on the ingredients lists, clarify any confusing directions, and credit the contributors. There are many ways to assemble the recipes into a book: A parent can volunteer to type up the collection. If you have access to a photocopier, make enough copies so that your children can collate and staple a booklet for each person who contributed a recipe. Do you have a computer? Your children can use a word processing program to organize and edit the recipes, then print out copies for everyone in their family. The child with the best handwriting can copy the recipes neatly on sheets of notebook paper. Insert the pages in a binder behind subject dividers labeled with the different menu categories. The recipes can be copied into a spiral-bound deck of index cards. Children can design a paper cover to paste over the original cover. Suggest that they number or alphabetize the recipes and include a contents card listing the names and corresponding numbers. Perhaps next year your children can fry the latkes for the familys annual Hanukkah party or bake the hot cross buns for Easter brunch!