Cooking With Kids: Spooktacular BOO BARK Breakfast Yogurt
Language Time Tips:
1. Build vocabulary: Use nouns and actions. Nouns:yogurt, honey, cranberries, raisins, cranberries, granola, chips, toppings, bowl, baking tray. Actions: measure, mix, add, stir, line, pour, spread, slice, drizzle, and freeze.
2. Colors and Size: This recipe is a rainbow of colors! With the red from the cranberries, blue from the blueberries, green from the kiwi and yellow from the banana, your Spooktacular treat is full of colors and language concepts. As you prepare the ingredients, direct your child, “put the blue fruit in the bowl”, “put the green fruit in the bowl”, etc. This will assess your child receptive language of colors. Since the fruits are different sizes, ask your child, “Should we slice a small or large piece of banana for the ghosts? What is smaller, the cranberry or the kiwi?”
3. Comment and Describe: Encourage words such as “sweet”, “tangy”, “cold”, “thick”, “fuzzy” and “crunchy”. Let your child taste each ingredient and discuss the flavors. Maybe the granola is sweet and crunchy, or the raisins are sweet and chewy. This use of commenting can help your child communicate better when requesting specific foods at meals such as: “I want a sweet and crunchy breakfast” (granola).
4. Sequencing and recalling information: There are definite steps to this recipe but certain ingredients can be mixed into the yogurt in no specific order. For example, after mixing the yogurt and honey, the dried fruit and banana can be mixed in any order. After you are done with all of the steps, ask your child what you did first, next, etc. Discuss what would happen if you froze the yogurt before adding the other ingredients. What would the treat taste like without adding honey?
5. Answering and asking “wh” questions: Sample “wh” questions include: “What holiday is this treat for?”, “What makes this dessert scary?”, “Why do we eat scary treats for Halloween?”
Literacy! Try a fun syllable activity by counting how many syllables are in each ingredient. What ingredient has the most syllables? How about the least amount of syllables?
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Becca Eisenberg is a mother of two young children and a speech language pathologist, author and instructor. Her website, www.gravitybread.com encourages learning time during mealtime. On her website, she writes children’s book recommendations, app recommendations, as well as child friendly recipes with language tips their family.