~When we "read" recipe cards together, we are expanding our vocabulary and language, and begin to expand our knowledge of print and words.
~We practice number concepts and measurement when we divide recipes and measure ingredients. We can also learn geometry and spatial sense when we use cookie cutters, and patterning when we make certain dishes like 7 layer bean dip.
~We learn things like what happens when we mix flour and water, when we observe gelatin as it hardens, see how chocolate melts, and learn why pumpkins have seeds.
~We use all our senses when cooking. We learn how to listen for the timer, how dough feels with our hands, the smell of fresh baked cookies, and what lemonade takes like without added sweetener.
~We learn how to use basic tools such as measuring cups, egg beaters, can openers, and electric mixers.
*Fine motor development
~Pouring milk, spreading butter, chopping vegetables, and squeezing oranges are all activities that help develop small muscle control and hand-eye coordination.
~Children are proud to share a meal with others that they were able to help prepare, and learn to work cooperatively
on a common task.
Happy Cooking! :)