Cooking could be your hobbies or simply just your must-do everyday task. While you might think that cooking is a big task and not appropriate for your kids; however, from educational viewpoints, developing fun activities around the kitchen might bring more beneficial than you’ve ever thought of.
Just imagine this, your children are coming home after school or day at the child care, they would definitely miss you and want to share time together. So instead occupying yourself in the kitchen and let them play by themselves, developing some activities so that they could joint you would make a win-win situation. They get the fun-shared time and you have some helping hands too. Depend on how much you plan, your kids would gain from those project much more, not just kitchen skills but also creativity, math, science and being responsibility.
How activities around kitchen are recommended
- Kid enjoy food more: this is probably the easiest to recognize. If you have a nitpickers, you would have know how frustrate it is around meal time. However, have them make some easy food or give helping hands and getting praises for their works, kids tend to be more enjoyable with their foods and eat more.
- Building confident: let them enjoy the great feeling of achieving something after their hard work, this would help build up their confident. Another great thing is, they would come back and help you out more.
- Health conscious : Many researchers have observed that if you allow your children to cook some simple foods, you can grow health-related awareness in them. You may discuss about minerals, vitamins or other substances. Let them recognize the ingredients, which is good or useful for the body, which is the not-so-perfect effect, etc.
- Family bonding: While you are having fun with your children with cooking activities, they can get the opportunity to be closer to you. As a mom or grandmother, you can share lots of simple techniques and recipes for them to keep. Or when something doesn’t turn out right, like drips, or spill or splatter, help them develop problem solving skills or handling unexpected situation. This will let you come closer as a family while help them with necessary life skills.
Some crafting ideas and example activities around kitchen
Build an edible volcano
Any kids would love some sort of “messy” activities. You could bake a cake together, then cut out hollow hole in the center and fill with some strawberry compote or jam. Drizzle some chocolate over top to create the miasma overflowing affect.
Turn snacks into word
Instead of making regular biscuits or cookies, you could have a large mat ready with a prepared dough form them. Give them some cookies cutter to cut out their favorite shape cookie. You could also pluck a small piece and teach them how to shape with their own hand. Now you might not have the best looking ever, but you kids will clear them out fast.
Make his/her own smoothie
Smoothies are one of the best drinks for kids. Every child loves cold smoothies and would enjoy to make their own. Start with some seasonal fruits, nuts and toppers ready. You could buy frozen fruits and such to save time too. Have them pick their own favorite and throw in the cup and showing them how to blend and such. If you have a single serving blender, perfect, just give a cup to each child.
Have fun with cereal castle
Open up that box of cereal and create a beach or sand together. Have them smash it, the kids would love to. Then use those crumble to shape and build a castle or whatever to their liking.
Make your own pizza party
Remember the Curious George pizza party you’ve read? Well, You could prepare some dough and make the sauce ready. Them give them some cutter to cut out the flatten dough into their desired size/shape. Show them how to pour the sauce on or arranging the topping.