This week in Dance class as we make a pumpkin pie by moving through a Story Dance Pathway™ or make a Turkey Pose with a friend, we hope that you at home are continuing the fun by getting a little messy!
Yes- messy! (But it's all for a good cause.) While it's fun to pretend to make pumpkin pie or pretend to be a turkey...it's even MORE fun eating a pumpkin pie or a turkey and better still when we can share the experience with the one's we love! We're talking, of course, about Thanksgiving dinner.
I don't know what your usual Thanksgiving tradition is, but this year I hope you make a choice to include your child in the cooking process! Today I'm telling you about 10 Benefits that come from Cooking with your child. Hopefully, cooking together this Thanksgiving will open the door for you to do more cooking together in the future! Don't feel stressed to include them in the entire process, but at least let them get their hands a little dirty and put their special touch into one dish this holiday! They will love it and will beg to cook with you some more!
10 Benefits of Cooking with Kids:
1. Math Skills
Yes all that measuring, cutting, and pouring is teaching important math skills.
To Try: When pouring out 3/4 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of broth be sure to ask them which has the most vs the least...it will help them learn their fractions! If we add all of them together, how many cups do we have? What if we take some away, what amount is left over?
2. Reading Comprehension
Reading a recipe and understanding the steps is very important if you're going to create a delicious meal. If you don't understand a step, or read something too fast, you may skip over a very important step in the process.
To Try: Be sure to read the entire recipe out loud with your child before you begin to make sure you both understand the process.
A Recipe is a process of sequencing. If you miss a step, everything else could go wrong... think of what may happen if you forget to put the sugar in your pie! If you take your food off the stove too soon or leave it in the oven too long that could spell disaster!
To Try: Read your recipe with your little one and write out each step. Sometimes writing out the sequence can help you to remember it and understand it better!
Cooking can always turn into a fun science experience...sometimes even accidentally. Think what happens if you add too much baking soda do things start bubbling? What happens to the dough if you don't put enough flour...or too much flour?
To Try: (Warning it will make a mess! Maybe try this one outside) Make a coca cola volcano! You'll need a 2L of Coke and 1 pack of Mentos. Simply open the coke and add all of the Mentos into the bottle and watch it errupt!
5. Team Work
Cooking with your child can teach them important skills about working with others.
To Try: Work together on each and every step of your recipe. Discuss what may happen if someone doesn't do a part of the recipe sequence...like stirring or adding an ingredient at the right time. In the kitchen 4 hands are better than 2!
Cooking requires a lot of patience. You have to be patient and be sure you measure each ingredient exactly as the recipe calls for. You also have to wait for items to cook. Being impatient could mean a meal that's not cooked all the through!
To Try: Discuss why the recipe calls for items to be cooked a certain way. For example, why can't chicken be pink in the middle?
Following a recipe and producing the end result perfectly can boost anyone's self-esteem!
To Try: Let your child serve the meal and ask everyone how they like it! They will love hearing how delicious their perfectly cooked meal is!
Cooking for oneself is fun, but sharing a good meal with others is rewarding.
To Try: Write out a copy of the recipe for each guest who is eating the meal. Let your child share the recipe after the dinner is served.
9. Life Skill
Learning to cook really is a life skill. Many adults do not know how to cook, or have never tried. It's probably because their weren't given the opportunity to cook with mom or dad.
To Try: Get them started early. Let your child join in the kitchen whenever you can, even if it's just to stir the soup.
Cooking can be fun. It shouldn't be stressful. It's a great way to have fun, get a little messy, and bond with others.
To Try: After you finish cooking discuss with your child what their favorite part of cooking with you was!