Cooking with Kids Recap of Productive Play with Debi and Elissa

Productive Play Recap Show #4 Cooking Aired July 16th 2014

Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week where we discussed the importance cooking has in the development of young children, as well as some specific cooking activities to do at home or school with your children.

After each “Productive Play” show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog. Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activity and what we discussed, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need!

Productive Play Show 4 Cooking 

  • Cooking is a fun way to teach math, science, language and collaboration skills
  • Focus on the five senses and letting your child explore each while in the kitchen (smell, hear, sight, taste, touch)
  • Let the time in the kitchen be an educational and family bonding time- come up with a “tradition” like Waffle Wednesday!


Baked Apple: Month 1 Activity 16




oven safe dish


brown sugar




oven (regular or microwave)


  • Ask the child to put the apple in a small bowl.
  • Fill the bowl with water until it is full.
  • Scrub the apple with his hands. While touching the apple ask him to tell you how it feels.
  • Ask him to take the apple out of the bowl
  • Empty the bowl of water in the sink
  • Explain that you will be baking the apple for him to eat. Remove the core of the apple making a hole about 3/4 inch wide. Place apple in a microwave or oven proof dish. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and fill the core hole using fingers or a spoon. Place a slice of butter on top of the filling.  Pour 3/4 cup of  water into the bottom of the dish.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes depending on the apple’s size OR the apple can be covered with a paper towel and microwaved for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Take the apple out of the oven and eat it together
  • Share that you care by explaining how to be careful around a hot oven or hot food. Explain that healthy foods are good for your bodies. We care about putting healthy foods into our bodies to make us feel good.
  • Baked apples are a healthy food that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert.

Family Favorite Smoothie


½ cup orange juice

4-6 ice cubes

1 small banana

1 cup fresh spinach

1cup frozen strawberries

¼ cup frozen blueberries

Protein Powder if desired

Put everything in blender and mix well!!

Yields 1 large serving


  1. “Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes” by Mollie Katzen- great cookbook for preschoolers and up where the adult is given the role as helper and child as chef
  2. “Eating the Alphabet: Fruit and Vegetables from A-Z” by Lois Ehlert- this book focuses on fruits and vegetables from around the world. Provides facts about each food and teaches upper and lower case alphabet letters.
  3. “The Toddler Cookbook” by Annabel Karmel- geared for children aged 2-5. Wide variety of recipes that are both yummy and nutritious!


“ A Toddler’s Souffles Aren’t Just Child’s Play” by Alison Gopnik in The Wall Street Journal

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