Kitchen Activities for Education
We all relate to schools as places of learning and education. It consists of resources, books, activities, and an environment that keeps the child engaged. But did you ever think your kitchen could be a great place to teach your child multiple skills!
There has been a lot of shifting in teaching aids, especially during those early years of learning. It is the time to get creative and not let the learning stop!
Asking your child to help you out in sorting and stacking vegetables can serve as an opportunity to teach them about multiple things:
Colours: while stacking, you can group similar coloured vegetables, fruits, spices, or pulses which will help them understand the concept of colours
Concept names: you can name the vegetables and fruits or any other favourite objects in the kitchen.
Numeracy Skills: counting items while stacking them, using concepts of more or less, few and many, full and empty like please bring the container with fewer pulses, fill half of the glass or the brim, get me five tomatoes or two onions, etc.
Motor skills: For older children, teaching the use of scissors to tear open the packets or knives to cut vegetables. These aid in the strengthening of fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Kneading the dough, giving a small portion to the child, and teaching them to knead will aid in the development of fine motor skills and strengthen the arms.
Textures: Teaching about textures through different items like the smooth texture of apple, coarse texture of sugar, learning new concepts and decision making: Involving children in stocking up the groceries. Teach them how to check the MRP, ingredients, and date of expiry for different products.
Once every week, giving them a chance to make a list of groceries to be brought for the whole week will boost their decision-making skills.