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Creative Kids Cookbook with Garden Fresh Favorites

As kids are learning about garden fresh foods this summer, help them prepare their own cookbook with family favorite recipes. 

Fruit & Veggie Favorite Family Recipes Cookbook (adapted from The USDA Great Garden Detective Adventure, nutrition curriculum for grades 3-4)

  1. Explain to the kids that they will be creating a class cookbook with favorite family fruit & veggie recipes.
  2. Provide kids a recipe template form (from the USDA curriculum) to take home and fill out legibly with their parents. Set a date for the recipe form to be returned to class.
  3. Brainstorm cookbook title names and let the class vote. Divide kids into groups for various cookbook tasks:
    1. Cookbook cover design
    2. Acknowledgement page
    3. Table of Contents
    4. Divider pages and designs for the fruit and veggie sections
  4. When recipes are submitted, cookbook tasks completed and recipes organized; assemble the cookbook.
  5. Make duplicate copies, one for each child.


Help kids hear the message that cooking tasty fruit & veggie recipes will encourage them to eat more of those foods.

Let them see and share healthy recipe examples.

Let them do by creating a cookbook of healthy fruit & veggie recipes.


“Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” -- Craig Claiborne