Fun and Useful Summer Idea—Cooking Camp for Kids

By Melissa Batai

Summer is a time for kids to relax, get out in nature, explore, and yes, sometimes even be bored. This summer, I’ve decided, thanks to the ebook, Cooking Camp for Kids by Rebekah Sayler to also teach my kids to cook. If you, too, would like to teach your child the valuable life skill of cooking, this may be an ebook you’d like to check out.

About Cooking Camp for Kids

Cooking Camp for Kids takes your kids step-by-step through the process of learning to cook. I’ve been cooking for about 20 years now (I didn’t learn how to cook from scratch until college), so I forget sometimes how to go over the basics with my kids. Enter Cooking Camp for Kids.
Sayler starts the book by asking you to laminate a guide for your children on how to hold and use a knife. She then gives plenty of visuals to demonstrate how to cut a variety of items from carrots, to potatoes, to onions and more.

She also provides a visual on the different types of measurements, from ounces to gallons, to pints, and more.

By the time your child finishes cooking camp, he should be able to make six meals on his own:
  • Chicken Wraps
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Chicken Divan
  • Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes
  • Baked Taquitos
  • Pizza (gluten free)
I love that all of the recipes are gluten-free friendly, meaning most kids will be able to eat the meals they make, even if they have dietary restrictions.

In addition, this book comes bundled with a second ebook, Cooking Camp: Thanksgiving Treats. This book gives kids the chance to perfect their pastry and baking skills.

How Cooking Camp for Kids Works

This program is ideal for kids in 3rd to 7th grade.

There are three levels to the “camp”—Prep Cook, Line Cook, and Sous Cook.

The first few weeks, your child does the tasks for Prep Cook, which include tasks such as cleaning the workspace and gathering ingredients on the first week, then prepping veggies for week two, and prepping meat for weeks 3 and 4.

When the child has mastered the Prep Cook activities, he moves on to the Line Cook activities for a few weeks. Then, he moves on to the Sous Cook activities. This is all while working on the same recipe each week. At the end of 8 weeks, your child will have mastered all of the steps to the recipe and can move on to the new recipe. In general Prep Cook activities take five weeks, Line Cook tasks take two weeks, and Sous Cook activities take a week.

Final Thoughts

If you want to teach your kids how to cook, this is the perfect ebook to do just that. I love how everything is laid out and requires very little planning on the parents’ part. In addition, Sayler has created cute graphics such as an award certificate when your child masters a recipe, cooking guides, and a name tag listing the child’s step, such as Prep Cook. Children, especially on the younger end, will likely love this feature. Get this summer ebook here!