Reasons to Bake with your Children
- Finicky eaters may be
more likely to eat food they've prepared.
- The ability to cook
is a skill that most children are likely to need at some time in
- Cooking may help revive
interest in school - writing the shopping list, planning the food
budget, reading the recipe and using fractions to measure the ingredients!
- Good cooking is an art,
but it's also a science. Bake a cake as an edible example of leavening.
Bake bread and learn about yeast.
- History can become an
interesting real-life story about people when you combine it with
food. Discuss earlier days when people had to grow food themselves
or barter other goods for it. Or how they cooked without modern
- Planning and preparing
meals with your child is a good way to introduce new foods and to
instill good eating habits.
- Cooking with your child
gives you an opportunity to reinforce how important it is to follow
directions and to be organized.
- Your son or daughter
can show imagination and express independence through cooking. Let
your child artfully decorate cookies or cakes.
- Food experiences can
help develop the senses. Colors, textures, shapes, smells, tastes
and sounds are all part of the pleasure of food.
- Eye-hand coordination
can be improved. Practicing eye-hand skills when measuring, pouring
and stirring can make harder tasks easier to learn later.
- Cooking gives a child
a chance to feel grown up and a chance to succeed. A successful
kitchen project might do wonders for the ego of a child who has
had difficulty in other areas.
- Creating a meal together
can be a good way for parents on hectic schedules to spend more
time with the family.