One of the homemade Christmas gifts I did for Abby (Eric's 3 year old niece) was a Kid's "Recipe" Book. She is turning 4 in May and knows letters and will be learning to read soon. I wanted to make something to go along with the Play Kitchen we did so I decided on a recipe book. This was a very cheap project but it just took some time.
What I used:
-a binder or something to put the pages in- I used a flexible plastic one with a slide in cover on the front)
-paper to use for the pages and words- I used colorful cardstock for the letters and a couple of pages
-my Silhouette machine!! to cut out all the letters
I called it a recipe book but it is more like foods/meals and the ingredients that go into them. Now, let's be honest, I don't expect her to be learning words like appetizers, julienned, and prosciutto (right away anyway) so I kept it really simple. I used all foods that she would be familiar with.
I found images online of some basic foods/meals and the corresponding basic ingredients that go into those foods just by searching google images. I printed and cut those images out and arranged them on pages. Then I used my Silhouette machine to cut out all the words. I wanted a font that would be easy for her to read and where the letter "a" looks handwritten and not how it looks here in this font so Comic Sans MS was the best candidate. I attached everything with a glue stick and put the pages in page protectors.
Here are all of the pages from the Recipe Book.
I think my cereal recipe is pretty cutting edge...
Mmmmm mac & cheese!
Of course you can customize it however you want that makes it such a personal gift that kids are sure to love. I definitely recommend the page protectors because if I have learned one thing from being around Abby... it's that kids play hard, really hard, so you wouldn't want torn pages :)
How cute is she? She loved her book and I hope it helps her learn to read and perhaps spark an interest in cooking!
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