Big Cook Little Cook

30 minutes

Circus Ring omelette

Print out the recipe and make a Circus Ring Omelette at home.

60 minutes

Veggie Tool Belt

Print out the recipe and make a Veggie Tool Belt at home.

60 minutes

Cabbage Butterfly

Print out the recipe and make a Cabbage Butterfly at home.

60 minutes

Bagel Wheels

Print out the recipe and make Bagel Wheels at home.

30 minutes

Flower Power salad

Print out the recipe and make a Flower Power Salad at home.

60 minutes

Baguette Bridge

Print out the recipe and make a Baguette Bridge at home.

60 minutes

Marrow Telescope

Print out the recipe and make a Marrow Telescope at home.

60 minutes

Dinosaur Mash

Print out the recipe and make Dinosaur Mash at home.

30 minutes

Magic Carpet waffle

Print out the recipe and make a Magic Carpet Waffle at home.

15 minutes

Sort It Out activity sheet 1

Print out and fill in the missing fridge magnet letters.

15 minutes

Mix and match

Print out this activity and match up the items that go together.

15 minutes

Sort It Out activity sheet 2

Print out and fill in the missing fridge magnet letters.

15 minutes

Sort It Out activity sheet 3

Print out and fill in the missing fridge magnet letters.

15 minutes

Letter 'A' activity sheet

Print off, colour in and draw foods beginning with 'a' with Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small.

15 minutes

White foods activity sheet

Print off, colour in and draw white foods with Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small.

15 minutes

Orange foods activity sheet

Print off, colour in and draw orange foods with Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small.

15 minutes

Yellow foods activity sheet

Print off, colour in and draw yellow foods with Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small.

15 minutes

Little Cook Small colouring sheet

Print off and colour in a picture of Little Cook Small.

15 minutes

Ben and Small colouring sheet

Print off and colour in a picture of Ben and Small.

5 minutes

Amanda the Archaeologist

Watch a story from Little Cook's Adventures in the Big World. Amanda the archaeologist finds a dinosaur skeleton!

Information about Big Cook Little Cook

Target Age

3-6 year olds

Episode Duration

20 minutes                    

Show Summary

A cookery programme for pre-­schoolers, Big Cook Little Cook takes young children on a culinary adventure. Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small run a café together and love cooking up exciting dishes for the people who come to visit them. Small is a superimposed tiny chef who helps Ben around the kitchen. The recipe is suited to the visitor (be it a racing car driver or a pink monster) and the guest always leaves the cooks something in return. Each programme also features two songs, a story about Little Cook and a film looking at the origins of one of the ingredients used in the recipe, usually shot on location. The programmes are fast-­paced and funny, encouraging children to try things they wouldn’t normally eat and to think more about where their food comes from.

Main Characters

Big Cook Ben – The larger of the two cooks, he is very organised and always on top of everything.

Little Cook Small – The tiny, erratic cook who often runs into trouble being so small in a big world.

Educational Benefits

Big Cook Little Cook helps children to:

  • Get interested in food and learn more about where ingredients come from.
  • Understand the importance of food hygiene and safety – such as washing hands, and keeping different foods separate.
  • Learn about healthy eating and nutrition.
  • Learn about food preparation techniques (chopping, peeling, boiling).
  • Develop hand-­eye co-­ordination by following recipes at home.

Website benefits and summary

There are nine recipes to print out and make at home, together with ten activity and colouring sheets to colour in and complete. Cooking at home and learning about nutrition ensures children are learning life skills about cooking for themselves, honing their fine motor skills and extending their numeracy skills.

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