The benefits of cooking with pre-schoolers:
Social-Emotional Development: Hands on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skill. Following recipes encourages children to be self-directed and independent, it also teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.
Physical Development: Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developing by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
Cognitive Development: Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.
Language Development: Cooking offers the opportunity to develop language development by linking it to all other areas, including Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts, and Literacy. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching materials change colour, texture, and medium.
Tips for introducing recipe’s to children at home:
- Prepare a recipe chart with photos describing each step.
- Have ingredients in their raw form for children to smell, taste, and feel.
- Have all equipment, tools, and ingredients prepped and ready.
- Read the recipe aloud, discussing as you go.
- Discuss safety and sanitary measures with the children during before and during the cooking experience.
- Include children in the clean-up process.
Have a go at following a recipe from the selection below. Do let us know how the cooking experience went!