Busy Bees have developed an exciting cooking scheme in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), specifically designed for little hands.
'Cooking with me' involves groups of children working together to create recipes, and encourages them to explore other fun activities which are linked with their cooking themes, such as painting, dressing up and role play. There is a sense of adventure in cooking for children, and by extending the recipes into activities it will become a more memorable experience.
The scheme encourages children to cook from an early age, developing key skills outlined in the EYFS framework, such as time, measuring, counting and weighing. Cooking also introduces them to science by helping them to investigate, predict, experiment and observe. Cooking requires children to read recipe cards, and they are encouraged to develop new words for food and form an opinion, helping to reinforce their language development.
Nurseries offering 'Cooking with me' are equipped with a cookery pack containing recipe cards, a folder to store them in, actions cards outlining further activities, children’s chefs hats and aprons, and a 'cooking equipment' kit. All the equipment provided will be designed for small hands to help them stir, whisk, beat, fold and mix.