Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cooking together with Waldorf Books

Waldorf education is all about fostering artistic creativity in children. Children have vivid imaginations that are all too easily stunted with the use of battery-operated toys and junk food. I incorporate a lot of the Waldorf teaching skills into our lives. I was intrigued when I learned about some Waldorf Cook books sold at Steiner Books . Each one is filled with fun and easy recipes to make healthy snacks and meals for your children. All Waldorf classrooms spend some of their day making breads, soups and snacks. These not only teach children to eat healthy, but also teach them measurements, listening and following directions. The Waldorf diet is full of fruits, vegetables and grains. We had a ball trying some of these delicious recipes.

The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book has recipes from Waldorf schools all over the country. We made a delicious vegetable soup and some honey-wheat rolls to go with it.

The Waldorf Book of Breads got me baking with my little helper. We decided to make hot cross buns in honor of Easter. It was pretty simple and my little one had a ball kneading the dough and measuring ingredients. We also are super excited to have found a recipe for rolls that we once enjoyed at a Waldorf outing.

The Waldorf Book of Soups is chock full of nourishing and healthy soups for your little ones. It is a great way to add vegetables and grains to your and your children's diets. We made a Tomato Chick Pea soup that was so delicious, we found ourselves going back for seconds and even packing it for lunch the next day.

I love the whimsical drawings that accompany the recipes in these books, and my daughter loves sharing the time with me. Cooking together is a great way to bond and keep little fingers busy. The fact that is sneaks some learning in there is just the cherry on top.

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