6 Ways to Have Fun with Literacy in the Kitchen

This learning activity is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It.

Let’s step into the kitchen for hands-on fun & learning with your child. Cooking with your child can be a memorable experience but you can also be encouraging your child to read at the same time! Here are a few tips to help create a print rich environment that encourages your child to read from the Kitchen!

Connecting Literacy in the Kitchen with Kids

  • Read Books that Inspire Cooking

One of our food inspiring favorite authors is Laura Numeroff. She wrote the popular book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” plus many others. Her other titles include yummy food such as a muffin, pancake, donut and cupcake.  Some other fun books to inspire cooking are The Little Red Hen, The Apple Pie Tree, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Stone Soup, Alphabet Soup, Growing Vegetable Soup & Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar. Do you have a favorite book that could be turned into a snack inspiration?

  • Pretend Kitchen Play with Words

Create opportunities for play with print in your own play kitchen. We are inspired by some of our favorite baking toys from Melissa & Doug including the Slice and Bake Cookie SetBake & Decorate Cupcake Set and the Felt Cookie Decorating Set to get into our real kitchen for some hands on fun. {Free Word Cards Available Here}

  •  Create a Print Rich Kitchen Environment

Find opportunity to label parts of the kitchen. You can label the drawers in the refrigerator or in the pantry. Label places that items are stored, too!

Baking Ideas with Siblings inspired by Books

  • Reading Recipes with Kids

Use recipes that kids can help you read. Search through recipe books to find things to make together. Have them help you make a shopping list of ingredients needed for the recipe. Giving print meaning is such a valuable tool for children to experience.

  •  Printable Cookbook

Once you’ve created a special dish together, write a book about it. It’s a book that they will want to read again and again! We just write the text together on the computer for younger children and for older children they can create their own book. Then we illustrate, but real pictures add a fun element too.

Printable Word Cards for using Literacy in the Kitchen with Kids

Using your utensils and ingredients you can create labels. You can use the printables to practice following recipes and to help with independence. Plus kids are learning what specific items are called.

Are you ready to bring literacy into your kitchen?

Where to start? Kids love baking and it’s one of the easiest things you can do in the kitchen with your kids. It’s about following a recipe by measuring and mixing the ingredients together. Enjoy your special time with your child in the kitchen. It’s a place where learning happens in everyday moments!

What will you cook with your child?

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Headshot Kim VijKim Vij is the co-author of The Educators’ Spin On It. As an early childhood teacher and a mom of three, she’s learned many tips and tricks of parenting and teaching along the way in the past 20 years. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make learning playful and playtime meaningful.


  1. These don’t print well, be sure if you’re looking to use them for anything that you fix ALL of the margins, or 4 pages turns into 16 with only the HEADERS printing on pages 2-16…

  2. I saved it as pdf and then opened it and it came up as 9 pages, so I had to choose to print only the pages where there was text and then choose to print from the pdf source/format in order to get it to print.

    Google docs is a nice way to share, but pdf or a page that’s simply pinned would be better. Yikes…

    • I’m so sorry that my printables were not working properly for you Jill, how frustrating. When I open the file, it has 5 pages on my desktop. For others who are interested you can download it as a PDF Document to Print, which should help with formating issues. I’m so excited to see you’re interested in my post and I look forward to hearing how much your child enjoy cooking with books!