Thus the kitchen also appears to them as a playground where they can touch and feel the things like flowers and leaves in the garden. When we were kids, my brother and I also loved to help my mom with her kitchen chores. When our mom handed over us any kitchen task to accomplish, we used to feel that we have also grown up and now we could take the responsibility. The best age for a child to try the hands in cooking something starts after three. Cooking with kids also offer immense benefits in a child's developmental process. But before starting the task together, parents and the elders need to segment the tasks so that kids cannot be engaged into any hazardous activity. The following are the list of benefits that you and your child can reap by cooking together:-
1. Spending Quality Time Together- Kids are said to be the most affection loving human beings in the universe. To them a hug or a pampering works like magic. When moms or grandmas get engaged in any activity with the little members of the family, they also feel to be a part of the family. Cooking with your kid is a multitasking in the sense that it first shows your child the immense love that you have for your child and second it also helps them in nurturing a habit of helping others.
2. A Firm Nutrition Foundation- When we practice something in our childhood, it always becomes habit in the adulthood. Thus it is very important to introduce the kids with nutritious and healthy food items.
3. Develop Motor and Language Skills- Your kitchen can turn out to be a wide laboratory for your child where they can learn new things and can develop their language as well as motor skills. Children can learn about new vegetables, fruits and spices while cooking the food. On the other hand, cooking is a perfect activity to polish your child's mathematical thinking skills. Moreover, cooking also requires a particular order to follow. So while cooking, kids also learn about how to be disciplined and how to work accordingly.
4. Appeals the Five Senses- Cooking is a perfect moment to explore and explain the five senses. Kids are active learners by nature, and cooking requires a developed sense on touch, sight, smell, taste and sometimes hearing.
Preschoolers begin to grasp the cause and effect relationships and cooking is full with examples. You can explain about what will happen to potato sticks when they go to hot oil or you may show her how butter melts when subjected to heat.