Vacation time and for all the parents, don’t forget, Kids can cook too!
Parents should encourage children as early as possible to begin using kitchen equipment safely. The whole experience can also build joy and act as a positive support. A great way to get kids connected with healthy food is to allow them to cook it. Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills It builds confidence.Cooking can help in the following ways.
• You can help your kid develop math skills, as simple as counting the ingredients or the process to put first this, second this etc or pouring water in the measuring cup.
• You can develop their vocabulary by introducing new words to them.
• It makes kids develop a healthy attitude toward greens and other vegetables.
• They may try new dishes to cook and taste it. Tell them the importance of each ingredient and its nutritional value.
• Kids learn by exploring with their senses. Invite them to listen to the whir of the mixer or smell baking in the oven, or see the cheese spread on the French toast in the Microwave and taste the warm fresh toast. If it smells good, looks appealing, and is easy to eat they may just be willing to try it.
Make this activity fun for them . Don’t make it a long cooking process. Start small and with simple tasks. After finishing it, they will feel confident be happy on the accomplishment. As kids grow, they will develop the skills, and interest to do bigger cooking jobs, like squeezing the juice out of a lemon, measuring ingredients into cups and spoons, and beating cream or preparing pasta.
For safety reasons, you should be in the kitchen with them at all times, supervising and monitoring progress. Along with the bonding time, you are also teaching a culture when cooking with your child.