Learning with Food – Bring Books to Life with Yummy Food!

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As a mom to 3 boys, I’ve learned the importance of bringing learning to life and making it fun. Thankfully, I found some like-minded families several years ago when we formed our first Book Club. Given that our Book Club was predominantly made of boys, and we wanted them to enjoy classic literature, we knew we had to find a way to get them excited about it. What we did figure out was that one way to reel them in to thoroughly enjoy reading classic literature was to tie in yummy “themed” treats! Learning with food is a fun way to help bring books to life.

Learning with Food - Bring Books to Life with Yummy Food! {World for Learning}

For each book we select, we spend a lot of time thinking of and researching appropriately themed recipes for the kids to enjoy. The process has been a lot of fun and full of trial and error. Most recipes have been real hits (pretty much anything with sugar in it!). Of course, there are those few that just didn’t work out and thus didn’t “make the cut” to be included in the World Study Guide. Thankfully our boys are real troopers and have so far accommodated our endeavours!

So, how can you use our World Study Guide Recipes and Great Taste Test? Here are our suggestions based on personal experience:

  • Some of the recipes lend themselves well to a group activity. For example, when we read The Jungle Book, we all made the “Snakes on a Stick” as a group. We just made sure to have enough ingredients for each child to make their own (or 2) “snakes”, placed them on parchment paper with their name written on it and baked accordingly.

Learning with Food - Making Snakes on a Stick {World for Learning}

Learning with Food - Bringing Books to Life with Yummy Food {World for Learning}

  • The Great Taste Test is a simple way for your child to document their experience with each new recipe. Our boys love filling out this component of the World Study Guide, sharing if they liked a recipe or not, what flavors they tasted most (you can get some interesting answers to this one) and if they want to learn to make it themselves!

Learning with Food - The Great Taste Test

  • If you are doing a World Study Guide with more than one child, The Great Taste test is always a wonderful way to include some basic math. For example, help the group with averages and/or graphing to determine the favorites (and least favorites) for each Guide.
  • Lastly, if you plan a celebration to wrap up your study, use the included recipes as part of your celebration! Check out our earlier post Celebrate with a Very Merry Unbirthday Party for an example.

Check out some of our most popular posts that show how we bring books to life with yummy food:

Have you tried any of the recipes in one of our World Study Guides? If yes, what were your favorites? We’d love to hear your World Study Guide Recipe and Great Taste Test experiences!


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I am the proud mama to 3 incredible boys. Our family began our homeschooling journey in 2006 when my oldest was in 2nd grade and the twins were barely 6 months old. I’m passionate about researching resources and activities that allow my children to use all of their senses and learning styles.

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    • Kat says

      Thank you so much! I agree that cooking with kids has many rewards, for both the teacher and the student. It’s not always easy, but so rewarding in the end. The Great Taste Test chart is one of my boys favorite parts of our World Study Guides. Thanks so much for stopping by! :-)

  1. says

    My kids have been grown and on their own for a long time now, but I am looking forward to trying this out with my grand children. We will get to see 9 of them in September, so it will be a perfect time to use this resource!

    • Kat says

      Cooking with kids can be messy, but so much fun. It’s so rewarding to see their enthusiasm and excitement over learning a valuable life skill. And it’s great for relationship building :-) Enjoy those grandbabies! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  2. says

    These look like some very inspirational storybook themes recipes and I love your idea of tying in a book with a hands on kid friendly recipe. What a fun book club this must be not only for the kids but also for the parents involved!

  3. says

    Love this idea.

    I do something similar with our letter of the week work. I like to do a snack that focuses on the letter we are learning too.

    Love this idea for books!

  4. says

    Such cool and fun ideas. I love bringing books to life with activities… food is no exception! Enjoyable for everyone.

    Thank you for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.


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