Fun with Food: Create a Recipe Section in Your Elementary School Yearbook

Now that the end of the school year is approaching and most of the yearbook work has been done for the term, it’s a good idea to start developing some ideas for next year. With the majority of your deadlines off your shoulders and a little more time on your hands, you can use this opportunity to get creative and let your ideas run wild.

Elementary school yearbook idea: create a recipe section for kids to offer up their favorite dishes.
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One great idea that you may not have tapped into yet is creating a recipe section in your elementary school yearbook. If you’re unfamiliar with this idea, it’s nothing more than a few pages full of recipes provided by the students. But those few pages can pack a serious punch of humor for the yearbook!

I have a personal story on this subject to share that is 100 percent true. When my daughter was in kindergarten, her yearbook had a recipe section in it. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed reading through the recipes that each child in my daughter’s school had come up with on their own. Some of the funniest selections included:

“A Banana: Peel and eat.”
“Chicken Pot Pie: Cook a chicken in a pot. Then bake it in an apple pie!”
“Peanut Butter Crackers: Put peanut butter on crackers. The end.”

Others were more detailed, like the student who detailed making fresh spaghetti sauce by “cooking a bunch of tomatoes until they’re exploded,” and another who attempted to fit a Thanksgiving feast on four lines.

I found them all enjoyable until I came to my daughter’s recipe, which said:

“Chicken nuggets: Put them on a plate. Heat up in the microwave.”

I almost died from embarrassment with parents all over the school reading this and thinking that I fed my kids a steady diet of microwaved chicken nuggets when the truth was that we didn’t even use or own a microwave. But for days after, parents approached me laughing about it and to this day, it’s still a funny memory for us to relive.

Help parents remember how silly their kids were in the yearbook.
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These kind of personal blurbs from kids are always parents’ favorite part of elementary school yearbooks. Kids grow up on us fast and, try as we might, it’s impossible to remember all of the sweet, innocent, and hysterical things that they often come up with. But their yearbooks give us that extra reminder of what they were like during that school year.

How to Make a Recipe Section in Your Yearbook

Making a recipe section in your yearbook is easy. All you have to do is create a sheet that asks students:

  • What is your favorite food?
  • How do you cook it?
Ask Students What Their Favorite Recipes Are For Yearbook

You’ll love to read what the little chefs have to say!
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Photocopy as many as you need and hand them out to teachers and request that students fill them out the same day. (Of course, if you’re working with kids who are still learning to write, you can also get oral answers and have a teacher write them down, although this is a slightly longer process.) You don’t want them to go home and ask their parents how to cook something because giving the real instructions takes all of the fun out of it. Keeping it spontaneous and not allowing them too much time to think about their answers is what makes it so silly and fun.

When you have all of the little chefs’ recipes back, all there is left to do is to type them up and lay them out on a page. You can design your own layout if you want to, but you can keep it super easy by using TreeRing’s customizable pages to your advantage.

It’s little things like this that, during a time when many schools are questioning whether or not schools still need yearbooks or  if they should just go digital, reminds us all that yes, we really do still need yearbooks. TreeRing has adapted with the times and will provide you with a physical copy of school yearbooks to give students and parents pages full of memories to flip through for years to come.