I had been promising my big boy that we could make ginger bread cookies with his new dragon and bunny cookie cutters ever since we got them. But I’ve been putting it off. I already spend enough time in the kitchen, I didn’t need to spend more time in there and have more mess to clean up. Besides, I had other, more important things to do…
Hang on… did I just say I had more important things to do than spend time with my boy?
The boy that next year will be at school?
The boy that loves nothing more than to cook?
The boy who’s sparkly blue eyes often make my day?
I needed to get over myself and my excuses… So yesterday morning we made ginger bread dragons and bunnies and people, because there are so many good reasons to cook with kids…
- Cooking is fun… cooking just for the pure enjoyment is so much more fun than cooking because you have to!
- Cooking teaches pre-reading skills as we ‘read’ the recipe.
- When he cooks he is constantly using number skills and counting.
- Cooking teaches sequencing skills – first cream the butter and sugar, then add the golden syrup….
- Cooking is an important life skill.
- Cooking is a chance to talk about food, why our bodies need it and how they use it.
- While cooking my boy is learning about measurements – weight, volume, temperature etc.
- Sharing something he’s cooked with friends and family is a great source or pride for my boy!
- If they help cook it, they are more likely to eat it… though that isn’t much of a problem when it comes to ginger bread men!
- It’s a good chance to chat.
- Cooking (especially from scratch) teaches my boy where food comes from, what is in it, and how it is made.
- Cooking is a great way to practice motor skills… use those arm muscles to stir the batter, and strengthen those fingers squeezing icing from the piping bag.
- When you cook together you are practicing skills such as turn taking, sharing and working cooperatively.
- Cooking involves lots of science – following a method, changing stats of matter, cause and effect etc.
- Working in the kitchen you teach your children safety skills – that the oven is hot, knives are sharp etc.
- Doing something that makes my child happy, makes me happy.
Do you cook with your kids?
What do you love, or hate, about it?