What better way to teach our children about other cultures, locations, and ethnicity than by studying other geographic locations and trying their food? We believe in a hands-on approach to learning, so having our children (yes, even at 4 and 2-years-old!) help us in the kitchen to create ethnic dishes is a must. Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to teach about the plants that grow in different areas around the world, but also to try a different way of cooking, a different way of eating, and an opportunity to do more research on where the dish originates from! Interesting and engaging, as well as adaptable for every learning level in your home.
Here are some links to make finding your recipes easier. Bon appetit!
- Recipe Gold Mind has a big list of recipes including African, Canadian, Oceanian, Scandanavian, and a LOT more. They’re arranged by country/ethnicity, and there are a lot of recipes in each category!
- Super Healthy Kids has a free printable “International Cooking and Kids Passport” that has the flags of some countries that your child can color when you’ve made a dish from that country.
- EasyKidRecipes.com offers international recipes from 11 countries including Australia, Lebanon, and Panama. They are all geared to be easier so that children can create them, and the website says that more countries are in the works.
- DK Books offers a free printable educator’s guide to teaching kids about cooking. It includes some instructions and worksheet plans for multiple lessons, covering everything from growing food to using food to celebrate something.
- Metro Child Care has created a “Snacks Around the World” PowerPoint that includes information about the cuisine of particular countries as well as recipes to try.