Custard tarts first emerged in Britain during the middle ages. They were a popular treat among people of all classes, and were flavored in several different ways. To enable your budding historian to grasp a better understanding of the middle ages, we explored the ingredients in this tasty treat. Using crumpets, jam, cream cheese, and plastic knives, we made our own custard tarts! When young children are given opportunities to prepare food, they are practicing a host of important life skills. When they are given the ingredients to create their masterpiece, they are practicing listening skills. As they are instructed to add ingredients to create their treat, they are learning order of operations. Lastly, as they learn about new foods, they are acquiring new vocabulary, which promotes literacy.