Visual recipes allow my kids to get involved in cooking and really learn the process. This is why I have created The Visual Cookbook. Now is the perfect time to do more cooking with the kids while they are home and we can’t go to our usual activities.
Cooking is one of the most valuable skills we can teach our kids. As soon as a child can hold a spoon they are ready to help with mixing, it is never too early to start.
Why Visual Recipes Matter
Most people prefer a recipe with a picture of the end result because this shows us what we are trying to replicate. Language and communication can be complex and children have varying degrees of comprehension. Visuals on the other hand are clear and easy to understand.
I don’t know about you but I love watching Tasty videos to see how to make something, it shows everything I need to do. My kids need far more processing time so a video is too fast for them and that’s where a printable visual is important. Having time to look at what they need to get / do at each step of the recipe allows them to be confident in what needs to happen.
My 6 year old loves cooking and helping in the kitchen, as he is non-verbal and has auditory processing issues visual communication is vital for us. It is with him in mind that the visual recipes and instructions have been created.
Language can easily be interpreted differently. Ask a child to get some flour and some will instantly think of a flower and be confused. Kids are much better in the kitchen when we show them what to do, plus most kids get frustrated when we are just telling them what needs to be done.
Step by step recipes
Each recipe is broken down into the key steps with visuals and written instructions. Obviously children will need adults to help them through the process but having a recipe that they can follow and use gives them more control. I think most kids like to be in control and they are likely to learn the process better when they feel they are in charge.
I usually use graphics and logos in my visuals but have found pictures of real food more appropriate for cooking.
Easy Snacks, Cakes and Light Meals
The Visual Cookbook is a selection of easy snacks, cakes and light meals. Below you can see the visuals used to make a cheese sandwich. A very simple recipe perfect for young children and great to get them making their own lunch too.
My children both have limited diets and its hard to find food they will eat. I find cooking is an important process and helps (over time) for kids to try new things. My eldest is also a sensory seeker and baking is perfect for him and this is why I have included the Focaccia recipe along with how to knead bread. Kneading is a brilliant activity with lots of sensory feedback to use up some of that excess energy.
The Visual Cookbook includes kids favourites like cupcakes and jam tarts and there is hopefully something for every taste and ability.
Practice really does make perfect in the kitchen, using a few favourite recipes regularly will enable your children to improve their skills and become confident cooks.
The Visual Cookbook
This easy to print 25 page document has 16 sets of instructions with clear photos. It is designed so you can print each recipe as needed from the eBook.
A perfect first cookbook and ideal for getting your children involved in the kitchen.
Available to download now for just £2.95. More information on the link below –
Do you cook with your kids? What are your favourite things to make in the kitchen?