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Title:Kids in the Kitchen
Pub. date: February 2006, updated 2012
Includes: Summer Curriculum
Audience: Children
Language: English
Description:This nutrition and cooking program encourages kids to eat healthy meals and snacks by providing them with hands on learning experiences that teach them how to prepare food. The curriculum is appropriate for children aged six to fifteen. Topics such as basic cooking skills, good nutrition, healthy food choices, food safety and physical activity are included.
Funding Source: University of Missouri Extension and USDA's Food Stamp Program
Developer: Ellen Schuster
Organization: University of Missouri Extension
Length: 320 Pages
Pilot Testing: The third edition version of this curriculum was not tested because of the immediate need for teaching materials after MyPlate was released. The original version was pilot tested at several after school sites.
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
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 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.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: TX652.5 .k54 2006
    Go to Request Library Materials
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Missouri Cooperative Extension
    Mail: Extension Publications, University of Missouri,

2800 Maguire Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65211

    Phone: (800) 292-0969
    Order URL:
    Cost: 50.00 per curriculum set
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:10- 99 copies receive 10% off. 100-999 copies receive 15% off. 1000+ copies receive 20% off.
User FeedbackDate
extremely helpful. my grandson & I love cooking together2013-11-06

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