Family Traditions: Cooking and Learning Together

Family mealtime traditions — whether for a special holiday or during a routine family dinner — are huge opportunities for children to learn. In the kitchen, they can learn about nutrition, explore everyday math skills like measuring, and maybe learn a thing or two about how your family history influences the recipes and meals you make.

Practice manners and conversation skills like listening, storytelling, and asking questions while sharing family traditions with discussion questions like:

  • Take the opportunity to tell your child the story of their family, and how much you appreciated Grandma’s mashed potatoes or Uncle David’s famous turkey. Ask: “Do you know where our family is from?”

  • Traditions are habits or customs that are passed down and shared with family. Ask your child: “What are your favorite traditions that our family has?”
Make Delicious Dishes from Around the World in Chef Leo's Crazy Kitchen

Little chefs can have fun in the kitchen with Leo! Make recipes based off Let's Go Luna! Then, head to your own kitchen and try to replicate them yourself.
Bake Together: Healthier Homemade Oreos

These cookies will be a family favorite! Get together and learn how to make a healthier version of homemade Oreos.
You're Invited: Virtual Event for Parents

PBS KIDS invites parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 8 to come together for a discussion with educators, a child psychologist and parents. Get ideas on how to use PBS KIDS resources to encourage everyday playful learning.
Watch Shows About Sharing Family Traditions
Play and Learn Together
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