In Owls Room (1-2 years), Gemma and Barbara decided to stimulate the children by doing some cooking. They found a simple recipe for chocolate chip cookies and gathered the ingredients. The ingredients consisted of, Flour, Oil, Milk, Sugar, Salt and Baking Powder. They emptied the ingredients into a bowl and provided a spoon. Once the children were sitting down, they helped themselves to an apron and the staff helped whilst they put them on. Once the children were ready we placed a bowl infront of them and allowed them to stir the ingredients. Amelia was very eager to pick up the spoon and showed great hand coordination when stirring. Natan was slightly curious about the mixture but was a bit withdrawn, a staff member encouraged him to touch the dough which gave him confidence to continue with the activity. All of the children were engaging in the activity and communicating with eachother, Saphari said “wow!” and Amelia laughed at her. Saphari also picked up the dough and slammed it onto the baking tray which caused a loud noise, this made her to jump and also made the children laugh. When finishing up the activity the children got excited and all started banging there feet on the ground, Vinnie begun clapping and encouraged other children to copy. Tharun then grabbed the hand cloth and tried cleaning his peers hands.
Why do children learn through cooking?
Getting your little one in the kitchen gives them a hands-on way for them to discover new flavours and new foods. Cooking is fun and enjoyable for children, they get the joy of creating a dish and eating it. Cooking is a good opportunity to introduce some early maths concepts in a fun environment. Your kitchen is the perfect place to get chatting with your child,if they can read you can get them to read out the recipe whilst you gather the ingredients. Preparing and cooking a meal requires patience and care and teaches your child everyday life skills.
Fun Food Facts
Minerals make healthy skin and strong bones and teeth.
Fiber helps your body digest food. It is found vegetables, whole grains and fruit.
Vitamins help your body stay healthy and fight disease. Vitamins are found in fruit and vegetables.
Fats in milk products, meat and fish help your body build healthy nerves and fight disease.
Protein, which is found in meat, milk products, beans and fish, builds muscles and repairs damage.
Simple cooking activities to do at home
Rice Krispy Cakes- Throw some rice krispies in a bowl, melt some chocoalte and mix together, its that easy!
Biscuit Decorating- Provide some icing and sprinkles and let your child decorate the top of a biscuit.