My three-year-old granddaughter is getting to realise that she can be the centre of attention at a family get together if she creates entertaining discussion or even an amusing game. This means that the whole process of eating the meal is long but certainly a charming affair!
I understand that this is less agreeable when a busy parent has a list of jobs to get done but nonetheless, it is important to try and make meal times a happy occasion.
There is so much children can learn while enjoying meal times, cooking, playing with foodstuffs.
Communication, language and literature
- Hearing and using new words will extend their vocabulary
- Children will be introduced to text in recipes and on labels
Personal and Social development:
- Gaining confidence and self-esteem can be gained by sharing and preparing food with others
- Children will extend listening skills and practise following instructions
- Children can have the opportunity to release tensions playing with dough and relax while swirling cake mixture or stirring juice or sauce in a jug
- Learning how to handle cooking equipment, tools and cutler
- Introduce children to hygiene and safety rules
Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Children will learn basic scientific concepts and aspects of nutrition
- Gain an early understanding and appreciation of different cultural tastes and culinary techniques
- Children can count, weigh, measure and count while preparing food
- Learn to recognise numerals on jugs, packets and recipes
- Learn to recognise shape and pattern
A tasty & easy to create recipe that you can make together:
2 eggs, half pint milk, bread & butte milk, beating in. Coat bread slices with mixture and fry in butter until golden.