Children love getting in the kitchen and cooking with their parents. It’s a fun and gentle way to start back into homeschooling. If you have a child who loves to cook, there are so many things you can do that will count as a lesson. Cooking can be science, math and home ec! You can do all kinds of things that will encourage your child to grow more as a young chef!
Cook Together Often
A great way to help your child who loves to cook is to cook together often. Of course, it’s great for bonding. I also find that my children will often be much more willing to try new foods if they have created the dish themselves! Cooking together means they will get to practice measuring and reducing or doubling recipes are great practice for math skills.
Invest in Fun Cookbooks
When you find a good cookbook that you think your child would enjoy, buy it. There are so many great cookbooks for kids. If you don’t want to purchase cookbooks for fear they won’t be a big hit, visit your local library. You can also download free cookbooks on Amazon. You can also help them create a Pinterest board with recipes they would like to try!
Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook BookGood Housekeeping Kids Cook!: 100+ Super-Easy, Delicious RecipesThe Cookbook for Kids: Great Recipes for Kids Who Love to CookAmerican Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & MoreBaking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring BakersKid Chef: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New CookThe Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs
Consider all the Scientific Aspects of Cooking
As you cook with your child, ask thought-provoking questions like “why do you think the dough rises in this recipe? What ingredient do you think we add that helps it?” You can practice cooking in a solar oven. You can cook eggs on hot pavement, although I don’t suggest eating them! You can let your child create there own recipes as well once they have been at it for a while.
Learn New Techniques Together
Last, but not least, watch videos online together so that you can learn new techniques together. It might be learning how to make homemade bread or the perfect pie crust. It’s a perfect way to spend more time with your child.
Cooking is such a great activity for children. It’s customizable, it a great bonding experience and it’s a great way to shake up a homeschool day. There are so many ways to fall back into homeschooling with cooking! Do you cook in your homeschool?
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