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Cooking Matters® for Kids

Cooking Matters® for Kids is an educational program for children in 3rd through 5th grade that teaches them how to prepare healthy meals and snacks and to make smart food choices wherever they go — at home, at school, at the store, or out to eat.


Participants in Cooking Matters® for Kids will learn the basic principles of healthy eating and safe cooking methods. They also will learn how to:

Space and Time Requirements

This program consists of six, weekly 2-hour workshops. Sessions can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants, and within reason to fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.

More Information

Cooking Matters® for Kids features numerous hands-on activities, including practice reading recipes, using knives safely, and assembling kitchen equipment and tools for cooking. Participants also will taste a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and prepare a variety of dishes, including healthier versions of popular fast foods and celebration foods. During the last session, young participants set goals to continue using what they learned in the course.

To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, complete this Hosting Cooking Matters® Matters Minnesota form.

Related resources

Cooking Matters® Minnesota — Hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that help low-income families prepare healthy meals.

Healthy bodies, healthy minds, healthy learners — The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium is engaging in a partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School to develop engaging learning environments that enhance student academic success.

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