Learn through Cooking!
By Ms. Meslin and Mr. Pagan, P.S.91x
Cooking provides the opportunity to use hand strength and eye-hand coordination skills (kneading, stirring, pouring, cutting, peeling) as well as the opportunity for kids to practice following step by step instructions.
Cooking with your children has many other benefits as children can practice many other skills. For example:
- Math skills such as one-to-one correspondence, measuring, fractions, and counting.
- Science skills such as observing, measuring, predicting, physical properties of matter, and changes in matter.
- Literacy skills such as sequencing, left to right progression, word and letter identification, reading for information, and new vocabulary (directional words, sensory words).
- Appropriate nutrition and healthy eating habits. Many children in the United States are not consuming a well-balanced diet. For example, they are eating too much fat and not enough vegetables.
- Cultural knowledge. Through cooking, children can learn about their own and other’s cultures.
- Socio-emotional development. As children cook, they develop initiative, responsibility, self-regulation, and a feeling of competence
As you can see there are many useful things to practice and learn during cooking activities and as a bonus, you can eat the result of your work!