Benefits of Cooking with Children
Cooking is a messy, delicious, sometimes time-consuming activity, especially when done with a little one or two (or more!) helping you along the way. It is easy to send your child off to play while you make a meal, knowing you can get it done in minutes. But with a little prep and forethought, it is just as easy to incorporate your child into the meal-making process. It may it mean adding a few more minutes into your cooking routine, but your child will benefit so much from the experience Here are some of the benefits of cooking with children:
Independence – Life as a young child is filled with relying on other people to take care of you and other people being in charge. The simple lesson of learning to make yourself a snack is very empowering for children. They learn they can feed themselves and others.
Health– Children who get a chance to cook their own food also are more likely to eat that food. They’re more adventurous in what they will eat and are more likely to develop healthy eating habits.
Helpfulness– Teach a few basic skills and soon you’ll have children who can help out in the kitchen. They can make their own lunches, cook a simple dinner, get breakfast for themselves, cook their siblings a meal, or even cook a meal for you!!
Maths and language skills– The basics of maths are a natural part of the cooking vocabulary. Children who cook have so many memories of measuring whilst cooking, that concepts such as fractions come naturally to them. Not only that, talking in the kitchen invites a large range of interesting descriptive language expanding children’s vocabulary as they cook.