This week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I’m sharing a visual recipe for chocolate chip cookies. It’s a great way to get kids reading and following directions. This is perfect practice for following (and writing) procedures in science experiments. Be sure to check out all of the baking themed activities at the end of the post. Affiliate links are included in this post.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, he’ll ask you for a glass of milk. If you give him the milk, he’ll ask for a straw. One thing leads to another and another and another. This book is a great lesson in cause and effect. You and your kids will love reading it again and again. As you read it for a second (or more) time, talk about the sequence of events and what will happen next.
Visual Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies
I turned our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe into a visual recipe for chocolate chip cookies with pictures instead of words for the ingredient list and directions. Lily and Aiden followed the visual recipe to make their cookies. I was there to supervise the whole time making sure they were following the steps correctly.
Print out the visual recipe for chocolate chips here. It’s a PDF. You are welcome to use it for your own non-commercial use.
Use the opportunity to teach your children how to use the tools in the kitchen. Teach them the proper way to measure flour, how to crack an egg, how to use a mixer, and more.
They’ll probably make a mess and your cookies may end up a little funny. (The texture of ours was a bit off. They didn’t cream the butter and sugar long enough.) The experience is well worth the effort and the cookies will taste good to your kids no matter what happens.
Here’s the written recipe for you to follow just in case you need it to help read the visual recipe.
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch of salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- To a large mixing bowl, add sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. Beat with a mixer until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the large bowl.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake 10 minutes or until brown.
- Cool for a few minutes
If you give a child a cookie, he’ll probably ask for a glass of milk.
Check out our Cookie Delivery Rube Goldberg Machine also inspired by If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It’s an awesome way to explore cause and effect.
More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more baking themed activities inspired by If You Give a Mouse a Cookie:
Cookie Themed Alphabet Letters and Activity – JDaniel4’s Mom
Sidewalk Chalk Alphabet Cookie Themed Fun – The Educators’ Spin On It
Cookie Spelling- Teach Beside Me
Simple Cookie Sheet Addition – My Storytime Corner
Baking Writing Tray – Rainy Day Mum
Baking with Kids in the Kitchen and Pretend Play – Mama Smiles
Easy Homemade Dog Donuts – Sunny Day Family
“Cookie” Decorating Fine Motor Activity – Books and Giggles
Felt Cookie Busy Bag – Views From a Step Stool
Cookie Tic Tac Toe Game – Toddler Approved
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