Planning for the Cooking Experience
At first, cooking projects should have few steps such as taking peas out of a pod (children ages 3 - 5), making a gelled pudding, popping corn or making cranberry sauce. This gives the children the experience of working with food. The careful washing and preparing of vegetables and fruits is another single activity.
Gradually, the experience could become more complex by incorporating more steps.
Always be receptive to the children's suggestions if they are within reason as to what they would like to make.
Be alert to the many ideas for food preparation which arise spontaneously out of other activities and experiences.