The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Children's Corner

The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult


The holiday season is officially upon us.  And while there could be many aspects of the season that bring stress, cooking should not be one of them. 

As a child, I remember the holidays full of new food, special food. And while I was not an adventurous eater, there were many fun dishes that were just for the holidays. I also remember my mom and grandmothers cooking special goodies for us during the holidays.  Since I have three wonderful helpers in the kitchen (read that as three kiddos who are great at creating kitchen masterpieces while leaving behind giant messes) I jumped at the chance to check out this new book from Mike Berenstain. 



The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook  a review on Reading List



About the Book


Mike Berenstain is carrying on his parent's tradition with The Berenstain Bears, earlier this year I shared an adorable Mother's day themed book, and this holiday cookbook is a wonderful addition to any home library. 

The book contains 40 different recipes that fit into six different holiday categories: Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The recipes vary among snacks, drinks, main courses, sides, and desserts. While each recipe fits a theme, they could easily be made on a regular none holiday day as well... but it's fun to have a special something!  

Why We Like It


The wide variety of recipes means that there are different skill levels for each one.  While some require chopping skills and dough-rolling, others are simply focused on measuring and mixing, so each of my kids can feel challenged and involved.  This is a great part of the book since toddlers can't help the same way grade-school kids can.  This also means, my older kids can practice baking skills with precise measurements and heat when mom feels up to it, and other times we can simply put together an assembly line for creating a new sandwich!  It's all in there!

My oldest was very excited that in the back there is a kitchen measurement chart.  He is working with fractions in school, and the chart full of math certainly grabbed his attention.  It's always a bonus when spending time together can be enjoyable and educational, and cooking always fulfills both needs.



Title: The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult
Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication Date: September 2016
For ages: 4-8 (As I mentioned, this is a cookbook, so if your toddler helps with some aspects of baking/cooking, this will be great!)
Type: Non Fiction, Christian Books, homeschooling, children's cookbooks

Cook with your kiddos this holiday season! #TheBerenstainBears #Holidays @Reading_List1


Ideas to help while having kids help in the kitchen! 

  1. Baking with Toddlers Made Easy will encourage you to get messy and teach your little kids to bake goodies!
  2. Here's a breakdown of Kitchen tasks for different aged kids, if you want a guide to go by...
  3. Want some hints on how to feed your kids curiousity in the kitchen?  This one is for you!
  4. How about a few tips from Jamie Oliver when it comes to getting your kiddos in the kitchen.
  5. And because every child needs a Chef's hat, here's a quick DIY
  6. While even toddlers can help with some cooking, let's face it there are some members of the family who are simply not old enough, so here's a fun activity for your smallest kiddos while you are baking.



What special goodies do you remember from the holidays from your childhood? What special treats do you make for your kids during the holidays?





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