Annual Library Cooking Challenge!

Welcome back! I hope your spring break was restful!

Each spring the TVA Library throws out a fun challenge for students to complete. Those that complete the Cooking Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Students may enter as many recipes as they like, but will get one entry only for the drawing. All entries are due to the library May 20th.

Students who wish to complete the challenge can find a simple form to fill out in the library or you can download it here. Please help your student pick a recipe, fill out the form, offer guidance in the kitchen and sign off on their creation. Students may check out cookbooks from the TVA or Public Library, use a cookbook that is already in your home or find recipes on the internet. An excellent site for kids is www.choosemyplate.gov.

Here are 9 reasons why you should do cooking activities with your children: 

1. Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. They are growing up with fast food and junk food at their fingertips, which is part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help instill skills to last them a lifetime.

2. Boost their self-esteem. If your child needs a boost of self-confidence, cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important, and contributing to the family.

3. Create family time and bonding. Take time to cook with your children and they will have memories that they can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or snack made but the moments with your children will be priceless.

4. Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but children will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.

5. Cooking is a great way to learn life skills. This can be especially helpful when kids are on their own and won't have to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain themselves.

6. Children can help contribute to the family and can feel the importance of helping.

7. Children can learn to work together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.

8. Cooking teaches kids about planning and making choices.

While cooking, kids can practice creativity and use their imagination. Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations.

Happy Cooking, I look forward to hearing about all of the yummy food your student has created!

Mrs. Coggin
TVA Librarian