Recipe Days

“Graduates” of our third grade program, Take a Taste, continue their learning, exploration of food, and healthful eating as 4th graders in Recipe Days.

Each session of Recipe Days focuses upon a selected theme and recipe that encourages children to explore, prepare and taste healthful foods.


In each session, 4th-grade children use their food discovery skills and developing food curiosity, honed in our 1st-3rd grade programs, to explore more complex flavors, recipes, and concepts.  Activities are presented in a fun, hands-on manner with opportunities to learn kitchen skills, kitchen science, and food origins. In each session, children;

  • Discover and explore the elements of taste and are encouraged to use descriptive words in discussing their observations.
  • Taste the individual ingredients in a selected recipe and use their increasingly complex vocabulary to share their reactions.
  • Learn about the nutritious aspects of the ingredients and any local, seasonal and cultural elements of the dish.
  • Prepare and eat the recipe together learning food preparation skills to gain confidence that will enable them to participate in mealtime preparation at home.

After each session, children are write and/or draw a reflection in their journals and are given a family newsletter with activities, suggestions for further reading, and a copy of the highlighted monthly recipe.

Lessons connect to classroom curricular goals, including STEM, and COMMON CORE Learning Standards.


Spoons Recipe Days has been a fantastic program for children to expand their knowledge of nutrition and healthy foods, explore new tastes and flavors, and learn kitchen skills in the preparation of a series of delicious, kid-friendly recipes. Over the course of the program, the students have not only become more curious and adventurous eaters, but their their expectations of what can and does taste good — if properly prepared — has been defied.

Program Director, Campos Community Center, NY

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