|Reviewers Comments: ||Kids in the Kitchen is an interactive curriculum divided into three sets of lessons, based on age group. Each set of lessons has handouts and visual aids. The book also includes several appendices, containing equipment use and safety handouts, recipe cards, and a certificate of completion. Additional resources can be purchased through the University of Missouri Extension. Some of the MyPlate materials can be replaced with similar materials, obtainable for free from the ChooseMyPlate.gov web site.
Also, each lesson features a KIK It Up! option, a modified lesson that focuses more on physical activity and less on food preparation, with no cooking required. Physical activity cards, available from University of Missouri Extension Publications, are used to help choose physical activities. Each lesson also includes directions for advance preparation, a list of objectives and core activities, a lesson outline, safety tips, additional activities, and a review of concepts learned.
In addition, this curriculum includes activities, games and demonstrations. There are songs and sheet music included, as well as tasting activities, riddles, and situations and scenarios for older children to analyze. Equipment safety and food safety is also explained for both the educator and children.