Kids in the Kitchen

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Kids in the KitchenKaren Elliott
Karen Nissen
Christine Dewberry
Candance Gabel
Barbara Willenberg
Third edition updated by
Ellen Schuster

An updated summer and after-school program for kids ages 6 to 15 years that uses USDA's MyPlate.

Kids in the Kitchen encourages young people to eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands-on cooking experiences. Youth participants learn to prepare simple, healthy foods they can make for themselves and their family members.

Levels A and B contain seven lessons that cover topics such as basic cooking skills, good nutrition, healthy food choices, food safety and physical activity.

Level C contains eight lessons that cover the topics found in Levels A and B, as well as a lesson on planning and preparing a complete meal based on USDA's MyPlate.

Kids in the Kitchen contains classroom materials for three age levels:

  • Level A
    6- to 9-year-olds
  • Level B
    10- to 12-year-olds
  • Level C
    13- to 15-year-olds

Each lesson includes kid-friendly handouts such as recipes and tips for how to use kitchen equipment safely.

Kids in the Kitchen is a cooperative project with Kansas State University's Kids a Cookin' program. Get Kids a Cookin' videotapes at

For more information

  • Candance Gabel
    FNEP Curriculum and Staff Training Coordinator
    Department of Nutritional Sciences
    College of Human Environmental Sciences


  • Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy
  • Food
  • Choices
  • Safety
  • Physical activity


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