Recipe Card Making Guidelines
Handout 3: Making Recipe Cards
How can nonreaders and beginning readers follow recipes? The
answer is through pictographic RECIPE CARDS.
The cards are like a rebus. Break down the recipe into individual
steps. Write each step on a separate index card (either 3" x 5"
or 4" x 6"). Draw a picture to illustrate each step, and use
words as labels to make the picture clear. Laminate the finished
cards, if possible. Display each step in sequence. To make stands
to hold the recipe cards, grasp each card bottom with a clothes-
pin, then mount the bottom of the clothespin in a wad of clay or
Here’s what a set of recipe cards might look like for the recipe
“Happy Trails Mix.”
Happy Trails mix
Happy Trails Mix
2 cups Chex or other cereal with large pieces
¼ cup dried fruit bits
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup yogurt-covered carob pieces
plastic resealable bag
Empty all ingredients into bag
Close, then shake bag to mix
Pour into a bowl and eat
Variation: Use any combination of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Note: Because of their potential as a choking hazard, raisins
should be served only to children who are 4 years old or older.
Adapted from L.J. Colker, The Cooking Book: Fostering Young Children’s Learning
and Delight (Washington, DC: NAEYC, 2005), 81.
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