Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Cooking and baking are another two activities that most children really enjoy and are very good from the educational standpoint. Besides being very useful practical skills, they are also great ways to teach responsibility and build self-esteem by allowing the children to contribute and participate in the running of a home. One can make it as simple or as complex and sophisticated as desired. It's appropriate for all age groups, which makes it a wondreful activity that could be shared as a family. Plus, it's a great springboard into other subjects such as: math -measuring and counting, history and geography- trying out various cuisines from different eras and places, art and creativity can also be made part of cooking- garnishing, cake decorating, improvising recipes, science - there are many scientific principles that could be tought with food and many experiments that could be done right in the kitchen. All these also can lead to a feeling of camaraderie and teamwork in the family which are important social skills in and of themselves. These are just a few of the many ideas and I'll try to post specific projects/recipes in the future.