In the pre-toddler room we have been participating in a cooking experience over the last few weeks on a weekly basis. The children have made Pizzas and Muffins and in particular on Friday the 14th of November the children decorated Marie biscuits with different coloured icing, smarties and lollies.
Children participated really well helping each other and waiting their turn to make their individual choice. Some children chose to use just the icing while others chose to use the icing and lollies. Some of the children snuck the smarties and ate them while they were decorating their biscuits!
Cooking assists children in reaching important milestones while having fun. Benefits of cooking with children:
- Healthy eating habits
- Self esteem
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Creative and imaginary development
- Cognitive development/ Mathematics
- Social skills
- Vocabulary skills
- Learning about different cultures
- Learning about origin of foods