Cooking ideas for kids can be hard to come by for young children, but learning to make a simple sandwich on their own is a great life skill they will carry with them forever!
Believe it or not, learning to make a sandwich has more learning involved in it than just learning to make a meal. Not only is this an early cooking idea for kids, but it’s also a math skill!
Learning to sequence is a big part of early math skills, and making a sandwich is all about sequencing!
Cooking Ideas for Kids: Sandwiches
This simple cooking activity for kids can be a most enjoyable project, with just a few simple ingredients and a little patience!
First, gather your supplies.
- At least 2 items to go on the sandwich:
- – Peanut butter and jelly
- – Mustard, turkey, cheese
- – Mayo, ham, lettuce
- – …and so on
- Clean working surface that your child can reach and participate in the sandwich creation process.
Next, Walk Your Child Through the Process:
Ask your child what you should do first in the sandwich making process.
Guide them through the activity with the “sequence language” of “next, then what, and last” while making the sandwich.
For example, if you’re making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:
What should we do first? Get out the bread and put it on a plate.
What comes next after we have the bread? Put the peanut butter on both sides.
And then what? Now put the jelly on too.
What should we do last? Put the bread together and eat it!
Finally, It’s Important to Remember:
There is no exact order to follow. Your child might say “get the bread, peanut butter, and jelly” first.
Or they might add the jelly next instead of the peanut butter… help them keep the general order but don’t be too legalistic about it and have fun!
This is an important skill they are learning and will help lead them into self-sufficiency in life!