As you grow as a teacher sometimes there are DUH moments. I had one of those this morning . As a quality facility it is our intention to have food / cooking experiences once a week. I don’t usually do the little cutesy food projects like making a bus out of crackers but I usually plan something theme based. SInce we are talking about our body this week I decided to do thumb print cookies. YIKES ! I was out of eggs ! So… why not have the kids just help make lunch ? DUH. Why had I never thought of this….
Cooking helps preschoolers build some foundation skills . Since it is always done with an adult that relationship is strengthened too !
How Cooking Can Help Preschoolers
Bringing kids into the kitchen can benefit them in a number of ways. Cooking can help:
- Math – This is as simple as counting eggs or filling a glass half full . As you read the recipe important literacy skills are introduced.
- Try new foods ! Your child is more likely to try foods that are new if they help cook them.
- Sensory explosion – While in the kitchen there are many noises to hear , foods to taste, surfaces to touch ( Careful , thats hot ! ) , spices to smell ( or baked goods ) and things to see.
- Confidence that only joy can bring as they work along side a mom or dad or grandparent.