Cooking with preschoolers links mathematics, science, social studies, art, and reading, together. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching changes in color and texture during the chemical changes happening during the cooking process.
From getting the ingredients from a garden or a store, to the cleaning, pre-cooking prep and the final cooking stages, this can be a fun-filled activity with nearly endless options of ingredients, and ways of cooking them.
Cooking also helps develop eye-hand coordination and teaches littles how to work safely with cooking utensils, stoves and ovens--even if it’s the famous Easy Bake Oven, many of us grew up using.
Here’s a short list of the benefits gained when kids learn to cook...
The textures, smells, and tastes from the different ingredients provide an unmatched organic experience with an ability to entice both entice and amaze.
Tips for introducing recipes to toddlers and pre-schoolers
Below are age-specific tasks that little ones can do in the cooking process.
Four & five-year-olds can...
If you’re already doing some of these with your children, or have any cooking activities that can be added to the list, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear all about it!