Yes, it may be messy, but teaching young children to cook has so many benefits, from boosting early math skills to helping develop patience. Oh, and kids love it! Pretend Soup offers twenty (very real!) recipes for yummy dishes catered toward preschoolers: quesadillas, green spaghetti, zucchini moons, noodle soup, carrot pennies, pizza, muffins, etc. Mollie Katzen (of Moosewood Restaurant fame) and educator Ann Henderson present each recipe twice: first with special instructions for the grown-up helper, and then again with pictures and simple text so little ones can follow along. What could be more fun? How about an adorable chef outfit for your culinary protégé? Complete with functional wooden utensils and measuring spoons, our Chef Role Play Set includes a Velcro-closure chef 's jacket, an adjustable hat, and a matching oven mitt. For boys and girls ages 3 to 6, the durable and machine-washable costume set will last little ones through years of whipping up real and imaginary delicacies.