For the past couple of years we have been encouraging our kids to learn how to cook. When they find recipes they enjoy making (and eating) the kids often request that we make these dishes over and over again. As we identify these favorite recipes our kids have begun collecting them to make a DIY Cookbook.
As we have mentioned before, getting your middle school kids cooking is important! Cooking is an essential life skill kids need before they move out on their own. We have found that it is easy to begin to get kids involved in the kitchen by having them help prepare holiday meals, slow cooker meals, or simple breakfast recipes.
As my kids have started to find dishes they really enjoy they often keep the recipe in a special place so they have it handy when we need a quick meal idea. One of my son’s favorite meals is Chicken Pot Pie. He has been helping me make this delicious dish for a while now, and recently he asked if he could make a copy of the recipe so he could keep it for when he gets older.
My friend Tracy and I were having a conversation about kids and cooking and she mentioned that her son was making his own DIY Cookbook as a way to gather favorite recipes. I thought this was a GREAT idea! Now my kids are also making their own cookbooks. They are gathering recipes they enjoy and keeping them in a special notebook they will be able to take with them when they grow-up and move out on their own.
Here are a few simple steps your children can take to make their own DIY Cookbook.
- Favorite recipes
- 3-Ring Notebook
- Hole punch or clear sheet protectors
- Computer/Printer/Scanner (optional)
The main goal of this project is to help kids collect and save their favorite recipes.
The easiest way to achieve this is to use a regular 3-ring notebook and some paper. When kids find a recipe they want to keep they can copy the directions onto lined or plain paper and then add the paper to their notebook.
- If your child has some writing challenges (like my child with dysgraphia) they can type the recipes using a word processing program and print the page to add to their notebook.
- If you have a favorite family recipe that has been handed down through the generations (maybe an old recipe card written in grandma’s handwriting) your child might choose to scan the original recipe and then print and add the page to their notebook.
- Your child can take a photo of their completed dish to add to their notebook. They might even want to take photos of the entire process from ingredients to final presentation on the dinner table.
- Kids might want to decorate the cover of the notebook with drawings or photos to help personalize it a bit.
- Pages with recipes can be hole-punched and added to the notebook directly. However, using sheet protectors can be very helpful in preventing kitchen splatters from ruining recipe sheets.
- A nice bound book is also a nice option. Your child can hands write recipes onto the book’s pages and attach photos with tape.
Encourage your kids to have fun building their own personal DIY Cookbook!
Imagine all of the great memories they will have as they look back on their collection when they are teaching their own kids how to cook.