In Reception, we take cooking as a part of learning. We cook weekly and the children always look forward to this exciting activity. We believe cooking benefits children in the following ways:
Social-Emotional Development: Hands on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skills. Following recipes encourages children to be self directed and independent, it also teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.
Physical Development: Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developed by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
Cognitive Development: Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.
It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting,
measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.
Language Development: Cooking offers opportunities to develop language development by linking it to all other areas, including Mathematics, Understanding the world, Expressive Art, and Literacy. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching materials change color, texture, and form.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun with the children as they have those learning experiences and learn about the joy of cooking.