15 Minutes of Family Fun – Cooking together
Date posted: January 21, 2014
Cooking together is about more than making tasty food. It’s a great activity to do with children of all ages. And, while they’re cooking, they’re learning:
- To count and measure ingredients
- To follow directions in a recipe
- New words
- To talk about the taste, texture, colour and temperature of food
- That mixing ingredients together makes things happen (science!)
- That heat can make things happen (science, again!)
- Family traditions.
There are lots of different ways that children can help prepare food. Here’s a handy guide from EatRight Ontario that outlines the appropriate activities for children from 2 to 11 years of age.
For best success, cook with children when they’re not very hungry and when you’re not in a rush. The Home Food Safety website has tips on food safety for kids.
What to cook? Here are some LEAP cards with easy to make recipes and tips for cooking with young chefs:
And, here are two young cooks in action:
Family Literacy Day is celebrated on January 27th each year. This year’s theme is 15 Minutes of Fun!