Cooking up a story at Wester Hailes Library

“We’re going to try to cooking together more at home now”

“This was good because I find if he makes his own food, he’s more likely to eat it!”

“It’s so nice to find something to do with the kids that doesn’t cost a fortune.”

cook1The Broomhouse Health Strategy Group are bringing the hugely successful “Cooking up a story” activity to Wester Hailes Library.

The idea behind it is simple – using storytelling to introduce fun food activities. It will start off  like a normal Bookbug session with stories and rhymes, but as if that wasn’t exciting enough, you begin to cook….

The sessions are very relaxed and each one involves an interactive reading of a specially selected children’s story, a variety of rhymes, games, movement and the making of a simple recipe inspired by our story.

For example, when sharing the story of Monkey and Me by Emily Gravette we go on to create banana muffins, sing the Banana Song and using a lycra sheet we bounce our ‘Jumping Monkey’ teddies for a fun game.

cook2We know that through the session parents and their children are introduced to new foods and recipes and develop their relationship through the chance to get messy together in the kitchen. Sharing stories, rhymes and songs is a great way to develop language and literacy skills.

Cooking Up a Story takes place at Wester Hailes Library from 11.00 – 11.30am on Thursday 21st January.The session is open to children under 5 with their parents/carers. Booking is essential and can be done by contacting the library on 0131 529 5668 or emailing us on


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