Saturday, November 21, 2009

Teaching Kids While Cooking

What do kids learn while cooking? There are lots of things that we mums and dads often forget or don’t realize. Cooking is something children enjoy just as much as eating the finished product. They love the whole process of adding ingredients, mixing, helping with getting stuff and creating something unique and seeing the finished product. Don’t we adults feel the same way? Seeing what we created turning out to be a masterpiece.

You will be surprised at the amount of information our children are learning and absorbing while they are cooking or baking with you or by themselves.
This is just to list a few:

Math – Counting, Fractions, Sorting, Multiplication, Division, Money, Sequencing, Weighing, Measuring, Shapes, Colors, Problem solving

Reading skills – build on reading skills, great way to learn new vocabulary

Science – food groups, experimenting, what happens when things are added, creates curiosity, senses, how food grows, how food changes, change of mater

Geography and history – where does food come from, where and how does food grow

Art and creativity – creating, experimenting with color

Hygiene and health – how to eat healthy, good nutrition, keeping safe, keeping clean

Social skills – confidence building, responsibility, build self esteem, sharing and team work

Motor skills – bet you did not think of this – kids learn and develop their motor skills by whisking, kneading, pouring, mixing, rolling and throughout the cooking process

I truly belief that food is something we share universally. It’s common and brings family, friends, people and nations together.

Don’t miss the opportunity to cook with your kids. There are multiple lessons for both adults and kids while having fun. And even for those who cant cook, there are a lot of lessons from even from boiling water or frying an egg. If you like this is a great cookbook
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking
I found that provides good quick and nutritious recipes.The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking

It says a guide for guys - ignore that part. I thought it had some great easy recipes.

Let’s start teaching our kids while cooking.

Love to hear your thoughts.

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