By: Jenna Steinbach, MSE/CCC-SLP
Recipes are great opportunities to work on language skills. You can working on following directions, talk about the ingredients needed, the items needed to make the recipe, and the categories of the ingredients. You can also have your child tell you the directions. The recipe below is a simple summertime drink that most kids love. You could tell your child the name of the recipe and ask them to guess what ingredients will be needed. You can then ask them what things are needed to complete the recipe (blender, cups, straws, spoon, etc). While you’re adding the ingredients, you could make a comment about how mangos and bananas are fruits and see if your child can list any more fruits. When you are finished, ask your child the steps that had to be taken to complete the recipe (gathering the ingredients, gathering the kitchen items, placing the ingredients in the blender, etc). Now all you need to do is whip some of these smoothies up and cool off in the heat of summer.
Mango Banana Smoothie
Makes 4 servings
-1 cup vanilla yogurt
-1 cup milk
Blend mango, banana, yogurt and milk in a blender until smooth.