At New Horizon Academy, our teachers use classroom cooking activities to promote learning, and you can, too! Please visit our website https://newhorizonacademy.net/look-and-cook to access the recipes.
We understand cooking with your child takes a little more time, a lot more patience, and involves extra clean up, but it is totally worth it! Cooking boosts language development, fine motor skills, and math abilities, introduces complex scientific concepts, teaches life skills, and creates lasting memories that both you and your child will treasure.
- As you talk and describe what you are doing, your child develops new vocabulary words.
Fine Motor Skills
- Mixing the ingredients, handling kitchen tools, and rolling the dough are all wonderful ways your child develops their fine motor skills.
- Cooking involves a great deal of math. From measuring, estimating, and sequencing (“What is first…next…last?”), your child is exposed to a multitude of math concepts in fun and meaningful ways.
- Science is a huge part of the cooking process.
- Your child will learn what happens when you mix ingredients together.
- They may even learn about the changing state of matter. Yes, the changing state of matter. The simple act of melting butter provides a wonderful way for your child to learn about a solid turning into a liquid.
Life Skill Development
- Cooking is a terrific life skill to help your child develop.
- With each cooking activity, your child will learn important concepts of how to safely use a knife, the importance of not touching a hot stove, how to clean up after they are done cooking and much, much more.
We encourage you to try our Look and Cook Recipes. These are fun, simple, and educational cooking activities that you can do using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. The recipes have a child-friendly design, so that your child can easily follow along, and perhaps make them on their own!