This is Cindy From LOVE THOSE KINDERS; otherwise known as Kinderkay!
First of all, when I cook with my students, I want it to have an educational purpose. It needs to meet some type of learning goal. For example, when I made apple pie with my kinders this week, I wanted my students to understand that in order for our families to make an apple pie, a purchase had to made. We discussed where we buy the ingredients needed to make a pie and then discussed where the grocery store gets THEIR items. Trading money for goods and creating a new product from the purchased goods was the educational goal for this project!
The third thing that you must think about is where you will get the ingredients necessary to make your product. I have done this in various ways. The easiest way for me has been to put grocery store gift cards on my Giving Tree at the beginning of the year. I then use the gift cards to purchase ingredients myself as needed. I have also organized a sign up sheet where parents sign up for specific ingredients to send in on a specific day. We do this for our Thanksgiving feast. We put out a sign up sheet during Parent/Teacher conferences and use these donated items to make our lunch items. A third way is to ask for help for a specific recipe through an email list or classroom sign up sheet a week or so ahead of your project. Parents send in the ingredient a day ahead so that you have an idea of what came in and what did not. Also, it is VITAL that you are aware of the allergies in your classroom and that you do not cook ANYTHING that can cause an allergic reaction in your students!!
Another thing to have ready are your supplies. Do you need measuring cups? Measuring spoons? Mixing bowls? If your recipe requires baking or cooking, where will you do it? I have 2 toaster ovens in my classroom that I use, but I recommend that you check out your fire codes before you invest in them! In my classroom, I have my own set of measuring utensils, 2 toaster ovens, an electric skillet, mixing bowls and spoons, a blender, hot pads, cookie sheets, muffin pans, cooling racks, a sharp knife, a can opener, various spices, waxed paper, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and HAND SANITIZER.
So............... Here is how I began the Apple unit. (We are presently still in this unit and I will be sharing more of what we do in my own blog for the next week or so.)