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Kids in the KitchenOriginal authors and reviewers: Karen Elliott, Karen Nissen, Christine Dewberry, Candance Gabel, Barbara Willenberg

Fourth Edition updated by: Tammy Roberts, Susan Smith, Sarah Wood, Joe Vale

Kids in the Kitchen — Level A is a summer and after-school program for kids ages 6 to 9 years that uses USDA’s MyPlate. It 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. Each lesson includes kid-friendly handouts such as recipes and tips for how to use kitchen equipment safely.

Kids in the Kitchen, Fourth Edition

The Kids in the Kitchen, Fourth Edition curriculum has been reorganized and divided into its three distinct levels. Please refer to the links below for the other two levels of the program.

Level 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 — Level B
    10- to 12-year-olds
  • Kids in the Kitchen — Level C (not available for download or print yet, update in progress)
    13- to 15-year-olds

Kids in the Kitchen is a cooperative project with Kansas State University’s Kids a Cookin’ program.

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


  • Level A: Cover
  • Level A: Lessons 1-7
  • Level A: Appendix A — Recipes
  • Level A: Appendix B — Black and White Handouts
  • Level A: Appendix C — Color Handouts


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