- Family and Parenting
Three Educational Benefits of Cooking with Kids
Cooking with kids is a parents dream to be able to due. I know that as
a little girl I would stand in the kitchen and try to help my mom out
with the cooking as best as I possibly could, but normally ended up
getting in the way. However, that time that I had as a child cooking
with my mom or watching her cook put a great love for cooking in my
heart. Now that I have children of my own though I have discovered the
many educational benefits of cooking with kids and thought I would
share some of them with all of you.
The first educational benefit that I have found from cooking with kids is that since cooking normally involves measurement of some type they start to learn about the various measurements that are in use which helps them out in math and other subjects that require measurement. Not only are they helped in learning the measurements of the various items it also helps teach them about sizes that are involved in measurement for instance your children will learn exactly what one cup is when compared to two cups of milk.
The second educational benefit is that my kids have an easier time learning about time. Now I am sure that if you cook anything at all then you realize that you have to have some form of time management to ensure that the meal will be done at the proper time and that the food isn't going to be overcooked. So this will help your kids learn how to tell the time for the timing of the food so that they do not burn their own food.
The third educational benefit of cooking with kids is that they will start to gain self confidence in what they are able to do. Now this is very important because at times kids can be influenced just like adults into a lower confidence level, but if your kids succeed in the kitchen at helping you cook or cooking themselves then they can gain confidence that they are able to complete the tasks that are put before them.
While many people do not realize that educational benefits are available while cooking with kids I know that from my own experience and cooking with my own kids that many educational benefits do exist. Not only can you find some great educational benefits from cooking with kids you can also learn more about your kids and hopefully that can help you head off any behavioral problems that could come up or help them in trusting you so that if they do have problems they can come to you instead of getting in trouble.