Cooking with children should be fun…and delicious! Every experience with children should be enjoyed and encompasses all aspects of education; numeracy, literacy, language, social skills – just to name a few.
Preschoolers in particular have grasped the concept of recipes and will ask about quantities and what’s next. Before cooking, sit down with the children and talk through the ingredients and the different types of measuring utensils required, put them in order and look at cooking like a science experiment
Here is an incredibly simple recipe for cheese and bacon rolls, which is really easy, and what I like about it, is that sit can be done in different stages which is perfect for children who tend to get easily distracted.
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- – 1 tablespoon yeast
- – 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- – 1/4 teaspoon salt
- – 1 cup warm milk
- – 2 tablespoons melted butter
- – olive oil
- – 3 rashers bacon
- – 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Where can I begin with the benefits of Playdough? The number of adjectives are countless. As an Early Childhood Educator I cannot imagine my class without a Playdough table – in fact if there was no table set up, the children were quick to
ask tell us that we had to make some.
So why have Playdough in your home or class? Well, it can support all areas of development such as;
- Fine motor
- Imagination and Creativity
- Maths and Numeracy Skills
- Science and Discovery
- Therapy for children with Special Needs – not limited to children with language delays.
And make Playdough? Absolutely! I understand it seems easier and more practical to purchase it, and aesthetically to have a variety of colours is nice – but I’ve never had a child ask for multiple colours. Whatever the Playdough looks like, the imagination of a young child runs wild and colour certainly does not limit their play.
Join your children in making Playdough – it’s a wonderful cooking experience, and for the adult, very therapeutic!
This is an incredibly simple recipe…with a twist.. I added Peppermint Essence to this mixture and to link I coloured the dough green. The options are countless, if you explore your supermarket shelf you’ll see a variety of scents you can add, such as Strawberry, Lavender, Chocolate. Though I would use the scents occasionally as a surprise to your children.
Adding Colour is a wonderful opportunity for your children to make choices and they can explore with mixing colours as well.
Here is the recipe;
- 2 cups Plain Flour
- 1/2 cup Salt
- 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- Food Colouring
- 1 cup Boiling Water
- Essence (optional)