How to make a Family Cookbook

Ages 9-12
Location: Indoors, Kitchen
Skills: Language, Social, Art, Chores

What you'll need:
An assortment of recipes
A computer to type on or a notebook to write in
A pen

Background: This is a great way to encourage your children to share what they've learned about cooking while celebrating their family ties. This cookbook makes a great gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Setting up:
Pull together an assortment of recipes so that your children will have the information they need to complete this project. Be sure to have their all-time favorite recipes on hand-the cookies they devour when they're visiting Grandma and the muffins that they can't get enough of when they arrive home hungry after school.

What to do:
Help your child to organize the recipes into categories and type them in the computer or enter them into his or her notebook. (Hint: Don't just stick with recipes you find in cookbooks; some of the very best recipes are the ones that are passed along by friends and relatives. If there's an interesting story that goes along with the recipe, be sure to share that with your child as well.) Your child can then illustrate the cookbook and make copies to give as gifts.

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