COOKING WITH CHILDREN: THINGS THEY LEARN

11866367_426732197528461_7778722008754181200_nCooking can be even more interesting when kids learn things without the feeling of being struck in a chair with a teacher standing in front and talking. Involving kids in activities such as cooking helps improve their cognitive skills in amazing ways.

At Ashers Academy, we pay attention to ensuring kids develop life skills in our cookery plus program put together every summer. Below are some amazing learning points you’ll hardly ever consider:
LANGUAGE SKILLS

Kids learn lots of new words and concepts through discussion cooking. We teach what a recipe is and the need to follow instructions in order to achieve the required result. Children learn the names of ingredients and words like sieve, whisk, stir, mix, roll and melt. They look for words on packets like eggs and sugar and try to find these words in the recipe.
MATHEMATICS

We provides wonderful opportunities to help children learn mathematical vocabulary. How better to learn phrases like ‘more than’ or ‘less than’ than by weighing out and portioning ingredients. They learn numbers and weights e.g. counting out number of eggs to be used for 1kg of flour. This also help to develop estimation skills.

Children gain experience in counting and recognising numbers. If decorations are to be added to cakes, we let them add a specific number and counting opportunities arise while setting the table. Through the use of different cutters, children learn the names of various shapes. They also learn the importance of timing.

SCIENCE

It is surprising just how big a part science plays in cooking. It involves the concept of changing materials: liquid cake mix becomes a solid through baking, juice can become ice lollies when frozen and chocolate melts when heated.

Cooking provides an excellent opportunity to discuss where foods come from such as eggs or milk and how and where various foods grow. Children learn many things through questions raised in the kitchen including what they need to eat to keep healthy. We talk to them about which foods give them the energy to run and jump and which ones help them to grow strong.

PHYSICAL SKILLS

we recognize the importance of allowing children carry out as many of the cooking tasks as possible (excluding dangerous ones where sharp knives are involved). Obviously if there is a lot of mixing they begin and we finish it off as they may lack the physical ability. Tasks such as holding a spoon, mixing, beating, shaking, pouring, rolling or cutting help to develop children’s fine motor skills whilst encouraging them to smell and feel the ingredients help to improve their use of senses.

EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Food is a really good vehicle for communication. Children learn to share and how to take turns, particularly because they work in teams. Then when the cooking is over, they sit down and enjoy eating together.
To sum up, we are proud to state that our cookery plus program is always great fun for children and provides activity filled summer holiday. Why not avail your children this opportunity by contacting us on any of our platforms.

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