Cooking with kids: big fun, with a dash of skill development
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Cooking with kids: big fun, with a dash of skill development. Gourmand Mom sees benefits, for parent and child, of rolling up your sleeves and whipping up something delicious in the kitchen together.
For many years now, I have enjoyed combining two of my favorite topics; cooking and education. Cooking can be a fun pastime to share with children of all ages. But it’s more than just an engaging activity. Cooking is absolutely bursting with opportunities for children to develop new skills!
Just a few of the many skills that are developed through cooking:
- Vocabulary Development – names of foods, cooking terms, procedural language
- Following Directions – single and multi-step directions
- Sequencing Skills – following the steps in the directions, retelling the sequence of steps
- Fine Motor Skill Development – stirring, pouring, mashing, cutting soft objects
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Social Emotional Development – feeling pride and sense of accomplishment, following directions, turn-taking, participation
- Science Knowledge – change of state from liquid to solid, heating and cooling, dissolving
- Math Knowledge – measuring, counting
- Willingness to experiment with new foods – kids may be more open to trying something they had a hand in making