Cook and Learn!
The kitchen is the centre of many households. A place where different family members come together to interact. Often children will do their homework as their parent/guardian cooks the dinner. Rather than simply having your child look on (in eager anticipation no doubt) of their dinner have them join in with cooking one of the recipes from our blog.
The many benefits for your children include:
- Gaining a life skill – we all need to know how to feed ourselves properly! This is a very important skill that they’ll use for the rest of their lives.
- Practical Maths skills – It can be difficult for children to see how their maths homework is relevant to their everyday life. Cooking involves addition, subtraction, multiplication and using fractions. They’ll be practicing maths without realising!
- Real life Science – Cooking is a science experiment. Too much sugar, baking powder, not enough flour, or the wrong timing and you’re likely to have a failed experiment/dinner. Cooking provides an opportunity for kids to practically experience basic science.
- Patience – Wait for the cake to rise or for the chicken to marinade. Children can learn that it takes time to achieve things, and not to rush!
- Pride in Presentation – Setting the table, serving the meal and washing up are part of the meal process and teach them to keep the house and kitchen neat and tidy.
For the younger ones there’ll be more of an emphasis on:
- New words – new foods and utensils like beater, whisk, peeler and grater
- Washing fruit and vegetables
- Stirring and Mixing
- Handing over ingredients and utensils
Did you Know?
The tin can was patented in 1810 by the British merchant Peter Durand, who had adapted it from a French system which used pressurised glass containers. In 1812 he sold the patent to Bryan Donkin for £1,000 (worth about £100,000 today) and Donkin opened the world’s first canning factory in Bermondsey in 1813.
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