Having children involved in cooking is so much fun! Messy... messy fun! But fun!
Getting children of all ages involved in cooking snacks and meals gives them valuable experiences with fine and gross motor skills, social experiences, executive function skill refinement, math practice and more. The simple act of combining ingredients to make a snack or a meal provides muscle movements that strengthen developing muscular systems. Tearing pieces of lettuce for a salad exercises small muscles in the hands and wrists. Stirring a bowl of batter exercises large muscles in the arms and shoulders. Talking with friends and teachers about what step is next, where a vegetable comes from, or how much flour to add provides valuable social experiences. Following multi step directions and recalling past experiences and knowledge refines executive function skills. Measuring 1 cup of raisins with half a cup of peanuts, almonds, and cashews to make a simple trail mix is a real-life math equation. Cooking adds so much value to everyday tasks and turns academic ideas into applicable experience.
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Comment some of the fun recipes you've done with children!
Here are a few of mine:
Yogurt mixing is super fun! It changes colors with berries which is exciting for children.
Another one is Ants on a Log! Yum!!