Following a recipe practices reading skills. Children learn the importance of sequence. Recipes must be completed one step at a time, in the correct order to work. Care must be taken not to leave anything out, they have to concentration.
Cooking teaches cause and effect. What happen if you melt butter? What happens when you beat it with sugar? This teaches children that you can get different results from treating the same ingredients different ways.
Cooking is also about sharing and working together. Here Jessica is grating the rind, while Dominic measures the flour. With many recipes most of the time is spent preparing the ingredients. Each child like to have a job to do myself, as well as working together. So remember next time the children are helping you in the kitchen that it is a great time to teach them a few things while having fun at the same time.
So, how about baking something this week? not only will your children have lots of fun, they will learn lots too! We have lots of recipes for you to try in Baking with Kids section.