Manual activity for children: how about cooking?

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To spark children's interest in cooking and food in general, there is nothing better than involving them in a fun activity revolving around the theme of cooking. By playing a role in the preparation of the meal, they will have acquired new skills, but also new knowledge!

How to ensure the cooking activity with your child?

The most delicious manual activity and the most appreciated by children is obviously cooking. To do this, we start by freeing up a whole morning for this activity and we involve the children from the choice of the recipe. The choice can be made froma classic cookbook, but parents can also ask them what they want to bake, cupcakes? Crepes ? In short, we will have to give them the choice. It is also great to take the children out for groceries so that they know what ingredients are needed to make the dish they are going to cook. Making a small list together should help ensure that nothing is forgotten.

Before starting the activity, you will of course have to remember to clean the work table and all the surfaces that will be used for the session. It will also be necessary to put all the ingredients, kitchen utensils and other accessories that could be used for the operation. Note that it is important to manage access to hotplates, knives and the oven, especially if children are under 10 years old.

How do you go about preparing meals?

children's creative hobbies1En fonction de la recette choisie, il faut commencer par mettre bien en vue tous les matériels et ingrédients à utiliser puis se laver les mains avec les enfants, cela devrait les aider à l’apprentissage de la propreté. Avant de commencer les choses sérieuses, une lecture à voie haute de la recette est à faire afin que chacun puisse comprendre les étapes à suivre. On en profite également pour expliquer les termes un peu complexes et les mots qu’ils risquent de ne pas comprendre. En fonction de leurs aptitudes, il est possible de hiérarchiser les tâches. Les enfants pourront notamment laver et peler certains fruits et légumes tels que les bananes, les pamplemousses, etc. Ils pourront également presser les fruits tels que les oranges et les citrons pour en extraire le jus et déchiqueter la laitue. Ils pourront également s’occuper de mesurer les ingrédients tels que la farine, le sucre, etc. les parents pourront aussi demander aux enfants de casser les œufs, d’étaler la pâte ou encore de les malaxer si ce n’est pas trop dur. Une fois la séance terminée, les enfants devront participer au nettoyage de la cuisine et même essuyer la vaisselle après le lavage.

By participating in this kind ofmanual activity, the child will feel valued and will have acquired new skills. This type of activity should encourage him to discover new flavors, to cultivate his taste for good, healthy meals and above all, to appreciate the moments shared with his family.