I have always loved using cooking as a teaching tool. It can benefits a child in any educational subject and they love doing it! There are different strategies based on age group to involve your child in cooking. I love any activity that makes learning fun for kids! Read on to find out how cooking can benefit your child.
Cooking with your kids improves math, reading, science, social studies, and even social emotional skills.
Cooking With Kids Benefits:
Math – Obviously reading directions from a cook book involves numbers so for a younger child, it may be a way to practice number recognition. For an older child try doubling the recipe or cutting it in half. They’ll be learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions while cooking. Following step-by-step instructions is perfect practice for algebra.
Reading – Well when you’re following a cookbook, you’re reading so right there it’s extra practice. How about reading the directions aloud? That’s a great way to practice for the more shy reader. Cook book also expose children to new words which helps to build their vocabulary. Best of all? Cooking teaches kids that reading is aligned with life skills. Reading is a necessity, not just something teachers make you do.
Reading directions from a cookbook teaching kids that reading is a necessity.
Science – Cooking IS science. Some ideas: discuss the “why” behind each aspect of cooking such as some of the chemical reactions when mixing different ingredients, the effect of heat and cold on water and other materials (boiling water and ice), and encouraging them to use their senses.
Social Studies – Most foods have history and culture surrounding it. For example cucumber sandwiches are a British tradition which is still served with tea today. Learn the history behind each food and discuss it with your child. This can lead to many other discussions about history and culture.
Social Skills – For anyone, success breeds success. Trying out a simple recipes and being successful at it will boost your child’s confidence. Confident children are more resistant to bullying as well as a myriad of other poor behaviors.
The best part about cooking with kids? They don’t feel like they’re being taught anything!
Ready to get started? Try these Kid-Friendly Recipes Even Your Finickiest Eater Will Love or buy the Best Cookbook for Kids. These two posts will get you started on reaping the benefits of cooking with your children! Good luck and let me know how it goes! Image credit: travnikovstudio / 123RF Stock Photo