Free Cooking Story, Emergent Reader, and Game

Need a measurement game? This post has a free cooking story, emergent reader and game. Lois Caswell is back with a new story from the 1950’s about baking an angel food cake. Well, trying to bake a cake anyway!  I’m sure this would be a wonderful story to share with children who wonder about the “olden days.”

Lois is the author of the Happy Frog Day story in the free printable included in a previous post. I met Lois at a writer’s group I attend and she has been kind enough to give me permission to post her stories on my blog.  I had fun making the printable and hope your students and or children will enjoy it, too.

Cooking Story

So, first about the story.  Lois is writing stories to give to her children and grandchildren.  I thought she should share them with children everywhere!  One day she and her mother were baking angel food cakes, and her mother did not like electric mixers.  Lois had to not only gather the eggs on the farm, but also whip them into stiff peaks by hand.  That certainly took a lot of energy.  After all that work, later in the story the batter spills. She tells it best so click on the picture above or click on these words and the PDF will open here.

Cooking Game

The game included is for players to collect enough cards that say teaspoons, tablespoons, and so on to make exactly one cup.  There is a game board, cards to draw, a cooking conversion sheet, and a score card.  Buttons would make good moving pieces.  A penny is needed as it is flipped to determine if the player goes ahead one or two spaces.

Children need many measurement experiences in the kitchen to help with math understanding. My husband says he can’t cook, yet he is excellent in math, so I think he just doesn’t want to cook.  Cooking is math!  The best cooks it seems find and follow the best recipes exactly.  My grandma could cook without any measuring tools after years of practice, and it is good to be able to estimate amounts. Teachers know it does help in first grade math and beyond. So you may not feel like actually baking with your child and I have prepared some activities that only take a little more than a cup of rice.  The activities will help the children get used to fractions in the kitchen, which will make them more familiar in math class.

Of course, I had to try to bake an angel food cake which our writing group enjoyed.

The sugar has to be “spun” prior to using when baking an angel food cake.

More “proof” I actually baked a cake from scratch!

Thanks for reading!  Carolyn & Lois