Maths, vocabulary, coordination, and imagination; cooking can help your kids build all these skills and more. Cooking is a life skill that your kids must learn as it brings a sense of independence and capability that transfers to other parts of life. After all, if you know how to cook, you’ll always be self-reliant!
Here are four reasons and ways for you to involve kids while having fun cooking.
Maths Skills And Memory:
With children as young as preschoolers, you can begin with:
- Counting the number of eggs that go into a recipe
- Measuring amounts of flour or veggies
- Playing memory games with what goes into the recipe first, which dish gets served first and more!
Speaking, Listening And Comprehension Skills:
This is a historic method of learning for kids.
- Cooking is a great way to help kids remember and follow instructions.
- Encourage them to ask questions and listen when you’re talking.
Kids will be as excited as you to see the finished product.
Science & Questioning Skills:
- What temperature does water boil at?
- Does milk boil at the same temperature?
- Do they take the same time?
You might know the answer to these questions but your child may not – and cooking is one way of getting them to think about the world and ask tough questions. Who knows, cooking might help you raise the next Einstein.
Taste, Health & Fun:
Cooking with your kids encourages them to develop an adventurous palate. Smelling food, playing with dough, squishing veggies – all of these sensorial activities can help kids become familiar with the process of cooking and make them want to eat everything on their plate. Getting your kids to eat their vegetables will be easier after this exercise!
We’ve put together an easy recipe for you to start experimenting with:
Getting Started: Rainbow Pasta Recipe.
Ready in: 30 Minutes
Food For Thought: You know your kids will be excited about being in the kitchen if they are part of the process. Get them to choose their favorite colors and shape of the pasta.
1 pack whole wheat pasta such as penne, fusilli or macaroni.
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters.
1 red bell pepper chopped into small squares.
1 yellow bell pepper chopped into small squares.
1-2 cups spinach, roughly chopped.
3/4 cup corn.
1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cut or grated.
½ cup parmesan cheese grated or shredded.
Small handful fresh herbs, finely chopped (basil, chives and/or parsley).
4 teaspoons olive oil.
Salt, pepper to taste.
Fill a large, lidded pot with water, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 pinches of salt to the water, cover and bring it to a boil. Add pasta to the boiling water. Once it is cooked, drain and pour into a large bowl.
Directions for Kids:
- Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil, a few pinches of salt and a pinch of black pepper to the pasta.
- Mix together. Add the vegetables and the remaining olive oil, if needed, and mix it all together. Add the cheeses and herbs and mix again.
Your turn! What do you do for having fun and teaching kids while cooking? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.