102B. Chef SHEEP: My Favorite Foods Book

Activity Name: My Favorite Foods Book

In “Chef Sheep”, Pig and Sheep use a “Cookbooktionary” with pictures and words of the foods that they cook. In this activity, you can create your own food dictionary/picture book of the foods in your home.

Related Episode: 102 B. Chef Sheep.
Age Range: 3-5
Skills: Understanding How Print Works.
Subjects: Literacy and Language Development.


  • Ten or more pieces of paper that are the same size (8 ½ x 11 or smaller).
  • Markers or crayons to draw with and/or pictures from old magazines or newspapers and glue.
  • Binder clip or yarn and hole puncher.


  1. Go on a “scavenger hunt” in your kitchen with your child to find some of your favorite foods.
  2. On each piece of paper, write down the name of one of your favorites.
  3. Have your child draw or paste a picture of each food item above its word.
  4. Work with your child to create a cover for the book. The cover can include the title of the book and the name of your child. For example, “My Favorite Foods” by Susie Johnson. Your child can also draw and paste pictures on the cover to show that the book is about food.
  5. Attach the pages with a binder clip or make a hole in the top left hand corner of the pages and tie them together with yarn.
  6. Read your favorite foods book with your child.
  7. In the next few days and weeks, you can add new pages to your book. Just unclip or untie the pages to add a new page. Then put back the clip or tie the yarn to attach the pages.