Cooking and Baking with Children
Fun in the kitchen can have many hidden learning benefits for your child!
Encouraging children to take a more active role in cooking and baking has many hidden learning benefits: depending on their age, children can try to read the numbers in the recipe and on the scales; as well as estimate whether there is ‘too little’ or ‘too much’ when measuring ingredients.
Get your child involved
Involving children in cooking simple recipes can help them eat a wider variety of foods. It’s a fun way to introduce new ingredients, and encourages children to explore unknown tastes, smells or textures.
As you involve children in the kitchen, it's essential to prioritise their safety. Teach them about kitchen safety as you go – remind them about hot ovens and hobs and show them how you use the utensils safely.
Assign them a role
Let them help with the safer jobs like sieving, mixing and whisking and practise cutting through things (like pastry) with a plastic play knife, or safety scissors.