Have you ever wondered if getting children involved with cooking will teach them about mathematics, reading and creativity? To cook is to follow the instruction and to follow the instruction kids that can not read have to learn to read (with parental help). When gathering and using ingredients children will learn fun ways to count for example let them add 1 spoon of chocolate powder, 2 cups of flour and stir it in 3 cups of water. Visually, they will also start to learn about how a recipe comes together, when they have to use their new cooking skills to guess what is the right amount of ingredients to make the dough not to be too gooey or too hard. Children's creativity will be use when they got to decorate they cake or making shape for they cookies. On this basis, cooking is an all round great activity for fun or play based learning.
Two scoops of ice cream, 1spoon of strawberry jam, 5 mini fried bananas
Most children think cooking is just like crafting but the exception that they can eat what they create. It can make them feel happy and proud of what they have achieved in creating something that they or others can then enjoy. In this case working as a team together with your child also means that parents can spend more time together.
Get creative using toy cutters cookie
If you're looking for inspiration for an easy fun recipe, here is my favourite cookies recipe:
Ingredients: 4 cups of self raising flour (500g)
2 cups of corn/maizena flour (250g)
4 yolks of eggs
250 g unsalted butter (softened by room temperature)
1 1/4 caster sugar (250g)
A pinch of salt
If you want to make chocolate cookies simply substitute 100g of the flour for chocolate powder.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
Grease a baking tray, sprinkle with flour until it's covered.
In large bowl stir butter and salt together stir until it smooth
Add the sugar to the mixture. Keep stirring until it until it changes colour from butter colour to creamy white colour.
Add the yolk to the mixture one at a time, make sure it well blended before adding the flour.
Mix in the self raising flour until the dough forms.
Take the dough out of the bowl put on the clean surface that has been sprinkle with flour.
Knead the dough until it become firm and smooth.
Sprinkle more flour if the dough still a bit sticky to make it easier to cut.
Roll the dough to 5mm thickness.
Press cookie cutters into the dough to shape the cookie. You can try to cut as many as you can using a differently shaped cutters for cute variety.
Place the cooking in rows on baking tray, as they will expand make sure you give enough gap between the cookies.
You can sprinkle cookies with some chocolate chips, a dot of jam, or with the rainbow sprinkle.
Once they are baked (about 10 minutes) remove from the oven and let it cool down.