The portable table became a multipurpose
learning center in my classroom. It was a cen-
ter for cooking activities to do with a group as
well as individually. I kept basic playdough sup-
plies available so the children were able to make
playdough as needed. Of course the children
needed supervision, but it did not require me to
be next to them during the entire process. The
problem-solving exchanges were delightful to
observe. In the afternoons, it became our snack
center. Children were able to help themselves to
a snack when they were ready. There were picture
recipe cards showing the children how much of
each item they could take to start with. Stopping
play to eat snack was no longer necessary; it was
there for them when they were ready. Children
playing as a group would clean up and go to the
snack area together. I loved it, and they loved it!
The children had the independence to eat when
they were ready.
Getting supplies was easier than I imag-
ined. I sent out invitations to the parents for a
“Kitchen Shower” listing the basic equipment we
would need for cooking, such as mixing bowls
and mixing spoons, and the parents provided
them. Most items can be found at dollar stores,
so the cost is reduced! I also kept basic staples on
hand such as flour, salt, sugar, and food coloring.
No longer did I need to bring my kitchen
from home to cook with my class! The cooking
center was our kitchen!