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Can Cooking Help Young Children Develop Essential Skills?

Today, Sophie's classmates came over, and we practised for next Monday's cooking practical exam under FCE(FOOD AND CONSUMER EDUCATION).

Young Children are cooking together in my kitchen
Young Children are cooking together in my kitchen

I acted as the supervisor, helped plan the recipe, organized the process, and provided guidance. It was so much fun!

The theme was each person's country's cuisine, with Sophie representing Korea and her friend representing Singapore. We prepared three dishes. We had to finish within one hour, so we decided the order beforehand and timed ourselves with a stopwatch. Both of them managed to finish within the hour and were extremely satisfied with how delicious everything turned out.

I really love teaching cooking to the next generation. Sophie's friend hadn't done much cooking before, but she said, "Cooking is fun!" That made me happy. Yes, cooking is truly enjoyable and brings happiness to people.

In Singapore, there are live-in maids, so there's little emphasis on home cooking, and children and mothers rarely cook. The kitchen is where the maid operates. However, I want to emphasize that I welcome young children who have never experienced cooking before into my kitchen. Cooking can be a remedy for them, and I love cooking with children. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Children are busy with their studies, so they rarely get the chance to cook. But having opportunities like this to experience the greatness and joy of cooking, I always wish there were more such opportunities. ♡



daughter and her friend enjoyed cooking in my kitchen
daughter and her friend enjoyed cooking in my kitchen

Can Cooking Help Young Children Develop Essential Skills?

Cooking with young children isn't just about preparing a meal; it's an opportunity for them to develop essential skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. From fine motor skills to social interaction and even basic math and science concepts, the kitchen is a classroom like no other.

  1. Fine Motor Skills: Stirring, pouring, chopping (under supervision, of course), and other kitchen tasks help children develop their fine motor skills. These activities require precision and coordination, which are crucial for tasks like writing, tying shoelaces, and using utensils.

  2. Following Instructions: Cooking involves following a sequence of steps in a specific order, which is a valuable skill for children to learn. By following recipes, children practice listening and comprehension skills, as well as the ability to follow directions accurately.

  3. Math Concepts: Cooking provides a hands-on opportunity for children to explore math concepts such as measuring, counting, and fractions. Whether it's measuring ingredients, dividing portions, or adjusting recipes, children can see how math applies to real-life situations.

  4. Science Experiments: Cooking is essentially a science experiment happening in the kitchen. From observing how ingredients change when mixed or heated to understanding the chemical reactions that occur during baking, children can learn about the principles of chemistry and biology in a fun and practical way.

  5. Creativity and Problem-Solving: Cooking encourages creativity as children experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create their own dishes. It also teaches problem-solving skills as they learn to adapt and troubleshoot if something doesn't go according to plan.

By inviting young children into the kitchen and involving them in the cooking process, we not only introduce them to the joys of food and cooking but also provide them with valuable life skills that will serve them well in the future. So, let's grab our aprons and spatulas and get cooking with the next generation! Email : heryong@koreancooking.sg WhatsApp : 92302439


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