The benefits teaching children to cook;
- Cooking encourages creativity and allows them to own and taste their creation.
- It allows experimentation and allows them to make something different each time.
- Cooking teaches how things change. Through various processes in the kitchen – heating, freezing, grinding, and beating – food is made ready to eat. Cooking can be a great extension of your science units. Through the simple mixing of ingredients or watching water boil or freeze, for example, children can experience different states of matter.
- Cooking builds self-confidence. Realizing they can take part in and contribute to the adult world, provides great satisfaction for children and develops positive self-esteem.
- Cooking experiences develop children’s small motor control. Using cooking tools, such as shredders, graters, grinders develops fine motor skills and adds to a healthy self-concept.
- Cooking teaches about sex roles. Food preparation is available to all children without regard to sex. Adults need to to dispel the notion that preparing food is only for girls as cooking activities are of great interest to boy.
- Food preparation is universal to all people regardless of socio-economic level or culture.
- It’s cross-generational and all can get involved and bond over the art of cooking, from parents to grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and godparents.
- It teaches children about other countries and cultures allowing to appreciate all people.
- It allows them freedom of expression and best of all they get to eat what they make and they have a skill that will last them a lifetime!
– – Denise K. Livotti
Petits Chefs Academy