Dot loves to watch us cook – from the preparation of the ingredients to the actual cooking of the food. She gets to watch the step-by-step process of preparing a dish.
When she is at grandparents’ house, she always asks to be carried to watch how grandma cuts the vegetables, meat, fruits and how she cooks. Step-by-step, I will explain to her what grandma is doing . Many times she wants to help cut the vegetables so grandma will sometimes gives her some leaves to feed Lewis, our late rabbit or some to play with. She is very curious – wanting to have a hand in what grandma does in the kitchen and watching how the delicious food is prepared and cooked in this part of the house.
Recently, grandma put a few fish into the hot cooking oil to fry and she exclaimed excitedly, “Fish swimming.” So hilarious!
During the Christmas festive, our family usually bakes cookies to give to our friends. Dot watched how the dough was placed on the baking tray and then put inside the oven to be baked. This year, dad made a “Hello Kitty” cookie especially for her and she was so excited and happy.
Baking together with Dot will be in my to-do list this year.
Cooking with young children can be messy but it can very fun together.
Learning how to cook helps our children to learn :
- about healthy eating, food and nutrition,
- to read food labels and measurements in recipes,
- to refine motor skills,
- about safety and hygiene,
- problem solving and life skills
A lovely 3-minute video to end this post – a group of creative friends in Saari explored making crepes together, made mistakes and yet at the end enjoyed themselves very much. Enjoy!
Would love to hear your stories on cooking with your young children here.
Reference: Why cooking lessons are good for children?