*I was gifted copies of these books as compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.
Dave and I both love cooking and helping in the kitchen is one of the *few* chores that Ella is thus far interested in. She LOVES cooking with us (which, regardless of what we are making, mostly involves her self-assigned task of spooning teaspoons full of baking soda into a bowl or cup, or eating the ingredients as pictured above). So when one of the authors of the adorable Kitchen Club Kids series contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing their books with Ella, I jumped at the chance. And trust me, they have quickly become a staple in our house!
We even took Garden Safari Vegetable Soup and End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad to Grandma and Grandpa’s house over Thanksgiving.
What’s cute about these books is that they incorporate counting, healthy eating, and the cooking process, written out in fun-to-read rhyme. We’ve seriously read Garden Safari Vegetable Soup and End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad every single day since receiving them. I’ve heard Ella talking to herself about kiwi (“the flavor can’t be beat!”) And the other night she asked for seconds on veggies which has happened exactly….zero times before. Never. So my guess is we’ve got Garden Safari to thank for that one!
The Kitchen Club Kids website explains:
Experts say one of the best ways to help children develop problem-solving skills is to cook together. As parents ourselves, we’ve experienced many great teaching opportunities in the kitchen with our little ones. It’s from this love of food, fun and sharing that Kitchen Club Kids was created.
A fun aspect of each book is an actual recipe written out in the back, based on the story! I love how the counting aspect is worked into the recipe as well as the story (with conversions to simplify things if you want to just do a 1/2 cup of brown rice instead of “8 tablespoons.”)
If you’d like to learn more about these cute books, here are the deets!:
URL to purchase: https://kitchenclubkids.com/buy-online/