Getting your kids busy with cooking activities is not only a perfect way to spend some spare time together, but I am convinced it’s a rich educational experience in many different ways.
After any cooking session your children will be able to savour their hand made food, feeling proud of themselves and improving their self-esteem.
Your kids will experience that special feeling of contributing to the family supplies with their hand made goodies.
Cooking develops a healthy and direct interest on food, children will keep an eye on “what’s inside” what they eat (believe it or not, many kids think that bread, cookies and ice creams are raw ingredients!)
Cooking with kids has good effect not only on eating habits. I suggest you a really interesting report by the Columbia University “Family matters: substance abuse and the American family” that shows that kids grown up cooking with their parent are less likely to use drugs.
Activities such as mixing, stirring, manipulating and folding develop good manual skills. Moreover cooking in itself is very good way to learn with parents how to use properly a huge variety of tools.
From lexicons, to biology, from maths to history cooking can enrich kid’s cognitive skills. Learning to count, to understand quantities, starting from the basic concepts of less, more, half, all. Older kids can challenge themselves with fractions, measures conversions… and a little bit of chemistry.
Invent, mix, decorate, experiment and more, according to anyone’s taste and ability.
Cooking with kids is fun, beautiful, caring and is a way to show love!