Children love to cook!
They just do! I often used cooking as a teaching tool the classroom.
Once my students got the skills in place through our dramatic play (described earlier), we would do cooking activities in the classroom and invite others in to join us and taste our creations.
While cooking, we would again use our digital camera to document the steps in the process. We would print off these photos later and have the students put them in order (sequencing) and add captions to the photos (writing skills). We would then place these on colorful construction paper, laminated and bound together (again the spiral binders) to make a book that the students could revisit later. The final pages of the book would have the signs for the ingredients used as well as the result food made from the ingredients.
The books were sent home for parents to read, then placed back in the classroom library. The interesting thing is that the students would often choose these books as their books to read during quiet reading. They loved to see themselves in the books.