The DuckTail had fun with a cooking project. Each child was able to add cranberries, orange juice and sugar into a crock pot to make Cranberry Jelly. After everyone took a turn stirring, we let the jelly cook for a few hours, and then tasted some of our jelly on graham crackers.
Cooking is not only a fun activity for kids, but also teaches valuable lessons. Here are just a few of the skills cooking can help teach your children:
- Simple math skills – Many recipes can be doubled or halved, which will require math skills such as dividing and multiplying.
- Nutrition – Use your time together in the kitchen to teach your children the importance of good nutrition. Encourage them to try new fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.
- Following directions – Recipes need to be put together in a specific order. This can help show your children the importance of following directions, whether they are baking a cake or doing a science experiment.
- Measuring – Using measuring cups to get the appropriate amounts of ingredients teaches about the importance of careful and accurate measuring.
- Sensory awareness – Cooking and baking can expose your child to new textures, tastes, colors, odors, and more.
- Language skills – Reading food labels and recipes can help your children improve their reading skills and learn the meanings of unfamiliar words.