Cooking is a fantastic way to teach your child multiple lessons, including math, health, nutrition, safety, creativity and teamwork. As you prepare food and follow recipes together, you will be counting, measuring, following instructions and encouranging healthy practices such as hand washing. Cooking is also an opportunity to talk about the different food groups, appropriate portions and the value of healthy ingredients.
TIP: Eat Your Vegetables!
Dinner time is a great way to learn colors and counting: "How many beans will you eat? One, two, three, …" "I have two orange carrots for you! One, two!"
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: I Can Do It Myself!
When you let toddlers prepare or assemble their own food, they gain a sense of accomplishment and may even acquire a taste for a greater variety of foods. Read more >
TIP: Little Chef
Invite your child to be your sous chef to practice math skills together. Have your child count the eggs as they’re put into the bowl, or measure out 2 scoops of flour, for instance. Although cooking with your child can be messy, the learning opportunities are almost endless!
ACTIVITY TIME: Cook Up Math Skills with a Kids' Granola Recipe
Cooking with your child can be a great way to reinforce early math skills such as measuring and counting. Try this easy granola recipe that's fun for kids to make and eat! Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Get Cooking!
Cooking is a fun and practical learning activity for children. Use these tips to ensure a positive experience for you and your child. Read more >
TIP: Frozen Peas
When soup or stew is too hot to eat, let your child add frozen peas to cool it down. Not only do the peas do the trick, they also provide extra nutrition for children reluctant to eat their vegetables.
QUICK PRINTABLE: 5 Food Group Soup
This printable introduces the concept of the five food groups and prompts your child to make selections from each of these groups. Awareness of food groups can lead to healthier eating choices. Print >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: Now You're Cooking!
Find the curriculum in your kitchen! Cooking covers mathematics, language arts, reading, science and social studies. Read more >
Apps for Little Foodies
Get cooking with Hap and explore math skills!
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