So you were wondering if a cooking class was a good activity for your 3-4-5 years old kids. Why this, and not a playground or art or music or library story time?
All the above mentioned are super, okay? But for variety, a cooking class can be a great addition, and it is available here, in Calgary, too.
Why a cooking class is good for young children?
1. New ways to explore the world
Little kids are born explorers! While making food, they can use all their senses to learn about edible stuff. How does things look, taste, smell, feel… What do I like, or don’t like… What happens when I mix these two ingredients… How are they going to taste together? Cooking and baking is a great sensory activity, beneficial to all children.
2. New foods to try
Sometimes it is not easy to offer new things for the kids to eat. In a cooking class, along with other children, and preparing the meals themselves, even more cautious kiddos might try new snacks or fruits or veggies. We cannot guarantee, but this is our experience. 🙂
3. Get ready for school
During cooking classes, the kids practice skills they will need in real school soon.
- Number sense
- Fine motor skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Attention span
- Following instructions
- Working as a team
Does it mean cooking classes are strict boot camps to train little army chefs? No, of course not. We play and laugh and relax. And that’s exactly the best way for kids to learn. In secret. 🙂
4. No attitude yet
I don’t want to skip ahead in time, but let me warn you: teenage years will come sooner than you thought. Let the kids work with you in the kitchen while they are sweet and little and want to help!
Yes, they can’t do it well, yet. But they are happy to try, and will get better with practice. If you wait until they are more skilled, well, you waited too long, and they might just give you a face or a growl and get back to their phone. Half of the time, anyway. 🙂
5. Baking with kids is a big mess – but not in your kitchen if you go to a cooking class
I don’t think I need to add more details to this point. 🙂
All right, I hope I gave you guys a boost to get messy and whip up something with your kids, at home or in a cooking class. It’s going to be fun and edible! Take care! 🙂