Four-year-old Collin grates a lemon with a little help.
Cooking Up Some Learning
So you want to teach some useful skills and some awesome lessons and have fun while you’re at it?
Open the cook book, and break out the aprons, the mixing bowls, and the measuring spoons and cups.
Kids love to cook and bake. It’s tactile, it’s sensory, it's math, it's language, it’s seeing first hand what work can produce and then enjoying the result together.
Our lemony zest buttermilk pancakes tasted sooo good. Collin made a triple decker pancake sandwich with whipped cream, syrup, and melted butter on his blueberry pancakes which he helped to make.
"I can crack the eggs," he said proudly. He had done it before when we made brownies the last time.
So he was asked to tap the egg on the side of the mixing bowl without completely cracking open the egg. This time he learned how to separate the eggs. And the fun part was using the power tools - the mixer to whip up the egg whites to make our pancakes even fluffier - of course he learned first that the mixer must stay down in the bowl at all times and that both of his hands should stay on the handle and that he should keep his eyes focused on the task the whole time, and if he got tired, that it was alright to let an adult help him.
And he did! It is a good idea to talk about what you are about to do before you do it.
The best part: we got to eat our work and then bundle up to go outside and play. All that cooking gave us lots of energy and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Plus it became part of our story.
What is your story?
Good Luck!! Good Parenting!! And thanks for reading and sharing!