The girls wanted to bake this weekend and I said sure – so long as they did it all themselves. There was a split second pause, as they weighed up whether I really meant all by themselves, and then a rush to choose which recipe they wanted to try.
We have a lovely little recipe book called 30 Easy Things to Cook and Eat which has great clear instructions, lots of pictures and a good selection of both sweet and savoury beginner recipes. (It’d make a great Christmas present and is available through our Amazon store.) They chose the chocolate crunch cake and while I discretely watched in the background, set about preparing, making and baking, just the two of them. It got me thinking about just how perfect cooking is as a fun learning activity as so many skills are involved.
What kids learn when baking
They learn that reading has purpose and that maths has practical applications, as they follow instructions and weigh out ingredients.
They learn to take precautions, wearing aprons and making sure the cake doesn’t stick to the tin.
They learn through domestic science that heat is a catalyst and matter can change state.
They learn team work and to take turns, as one person holds and the other stirs.
They learn to think for themselves,have an opinion and take risks. Who says you can’t add marshmallows if you want to?
They learn the art of patience.
They learn the application of fractions and fair shares. And that good things do come to those who wait.
More kids cooking
If your children enjoy cooking you might like to try these child-friendly recipes
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