Sweet treats, savoury snacks and nourishing nibbles, there’s nothing that compares to cooking and baking meals from scratch. Not only is cooking a relaxing pastime, but it’s also a great way to challenge yourself and build on your personal skills. But have you ever considered bringing your kids into the kitchen to join in the fun?
For some parents, the idea of cooking with their children means, mess, sibling squabbles and no help with the washing up! In truth, there are numerous benefits of cooking with your children and letting them in on the fun. From improving their reading skills to working on their numeracy and improving their overall development.
Worried you don’t have any kid-friendly recipes at home? No problem! Head online and you’ll find a wide range of kid-centered recipes for children of all ages. While using a smart device is a simple way to access these pages, printing them off and allowing your child to handle and study them preserves your smart device and makes it easier for them to follow the instructions. If you need more ink, check out these official and replacement HP printer cartridges, here.
Once you’ve printed off your recipes, you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of cooking with the kids. Read on to find out more.
Reading skills boost
Having your chosen recipe in front of you and working through it together, exposes your child to new letters, words and sounds. As well as number recognition. Even if your child isn’t of independent reading age yet, there’s no better way to introduce them to the concept of the written word. If you have older children, then getting them to read through the ingredients and the step-by-step instructions improves their comprehension skills and their confidence.
Get familiar with math
Some children find the concept of numbers and math inherently difficult. It’s very common. So, finding ways to include math in their everyday life and within fun activities such as baking, and cooking can help improve their understanding and their confidence. Weighing out ingredients, measuring liquids, counting cups and amounts, even using the timer and
counting on a clock, all these skills can boost their familiarity and confidence with numbers.
Developing life skills
Cooking is a life skill then many of us learnt the hard way – when we moved out for the first time! By introducing your children to the joys of cooking today, you’re already taking steps to build on their independence and confidence for tomorrow.
Simple safety lessons
There’s no better way for a child to understand the dangers of the kitchen, than by showing them! Within a simple cooking afternoon, they’ll soon recognise the dangers of a hot stove, the sharpness of knives and scissors, and how to use sharp cooking implements safely.
And finally, more time together
We all lead such hectic lives. It’s not always easy to find the time or the energy to spend time together. When you bring your children into the kitchen and make it a part of your week, you can all enjoy some precious family time and become a little closer and see the wonderful benefits of cooking with the kids.