My daughter was given a book for Christmas that had a recipe in the back. She was all excited about finding the recipe. I was all excited about the fact that she was enjoying a book! So, of course, when she approached me all excited about the recipe, I had to let her make it!
We had to make a few substitutions because of allergies.
She had a blast. Not only did this count as doing something fun, but since we homeschool, I counted it as a book project.