After watching “Forks over Knives“, a film documentary that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods, Jay and I are persuaded to consume more plant-based food and less meat and… Continue reading Get raw and grow wheatgrass at home
Christmas isn’t Christmas till it happens in your heart Somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts So give your heart to Jesus You discover when you do It is Christmas, really Christmas for you. Christmas, my favourite season of the year. A time to be thankful, grateful for all that have happened –… Continue reading Our Christmas cranberry pine-nut cupcakes
Today, I have a guest post from Sze Nee who blogs about baking at Small Small Baker. I’m so glad that she willingly accepted my invitation to write about having fun baking with children. She also bakes for events and parties. I have been invited by Dee of PruneNurture to write a guest post for… Continue reading Baking Cartoon Butter Cookies with children
Jay told me that Shannon, our niece has been paying $50 to learn baking for one hour. At the end of the day, she got the cake home, a certificate of particiaption but no recipe to bring home to practice baking the cake again! After discussing with Jay, we think that it is not worth… Continue reading Our first home-made apple pie
While I was watching ‘Silly Pizza Song‘ by Signing Time together with Dot, I suddenly thought of making pizza. The first pizza I made was a ham and cheese and this second time I was scratching my head thinking of what toppings to use for my pizza. I am thankful that our pizzas turned out… Continue reading The making of the odd-shaped pizzas
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?