Kids in the kitchen
Little children love helping their important grownups in the kitchen. It’s fun, and spending time together to cook and prepare meals provides great learning opportunities. With your help, your child can build on a range of developmental skills like numeracy and literacy.
Here’s some ideas to get your little one involved:
- Scrub or wash fruit and vegetables together. Talk about and name the foods as you go.
- Ask your child to bring you the ingredients as you cook, e.g. "Can you please get two bananas from the fruit bowl?" They may not be able to safely access everything but even talking about where different items in the kitchen belong is great for learning (e.g. the milk is found in the fridge, the spices in the spice drawer).
- For fruit and vegetables, talk about how they are grown, e.g. which ones grow underground, on vines, or on trees.
- Ask your little one to help measure ingredients.
- Make patterns with salads or when threading kebabs.
- Read the recipe aloud and point out each step as you progress. Look for children’s cook books at your local library for age appropriate recipes.
- Give your child a go at mixing or kneading ingredients. Talk about what the different words mean eg. mix, fold, knead, whisk.
- Talk about rules and kitchen safety.
- Include your child in the clean up!