Create a Family Recipe

This Valentine’s Day family activity might be my favorite so far this year. The idea was brainstormed up by one of my classmates in Montessori training when covering the Peace curriculum. This activity is fun to do at any holiday and within a classroom setting. I figured what better time than Valentine’s Day?


Concept: Create a recipe for each family member. Then combine them to create a ‘family’ recipe.

Approach: Sit down with your child, a pencil and a few pieces of paper. Ask him what he likes most about his dad, brother, nana, himself, etc. Make a list of these words as he throws them at you.

Then try to ‘rank’ the qualities with your child. For example, if he said that his Nana is fun and nice, say, ‘so it she a lot of fun and an extra scoop of nice?’ You can introduce basic math quantities by using language like bigger than, more, less, etc. Match those quantities up with tablespoons, teaspoons and measuring cups. Pull out these measuring tools to give him a visual.

Here is what we came up with for his Nana:

1 cup of fun
1/2 cup nice
1 Tablespoon of smart
A dash of pretty crazy
An extra scoop of fun

He is only 3.5 so we were somewhat limited with vocabulary and I guided him a bit.

For older children, you can get more detailed and use greater quantity options. Thanks for visiting today! Please leave a comment! I love hearing from you! Also, check out our other Valentine’s Day kids and family activities and if that isn’t enough, check out our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.

Have fun!



Founder, Publisher, Writer & Editor at Carrots Are Orange, Inc.
Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


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