{     Offering the Best Childhood Preparation for Social and Academic Success.     }

Archive for May, 2018

THE BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH CHILDREN

Inviting your preschooler to help you cook provides numerous learning opportunities. You can spend quality time with her while increasing her skills in the kitchen.

twenty20_6a81a03e-0bed-44bb-926c-61025ab33da8

Cooking involves careful planning and time management. Learning how to plan and manage her time will benefit your child as she grows.

While your child learns how to prepare food safely, teach her about the dangers in the kitchen. Point out these dangers, and talk to her about how to avoid accidents.

twenty20_fa885a06-b459-4717-8b4b-62f2d3086b98

Helping out in the kitchen can increase your child’s creativity and help her develop math and reading skills. When you follow the instructions on a recipe together, she can practice reading. Measuring ingredients is a great way to introduce her to the importance of learning math. Letting your child choose ingredients will enhance her creativity and encourage her to voice her opinions.

HOW TO MAKE EDIBLE NUT- OR SEED-BASED BUTTER PLAY DOUGH

Inspire your child’s creativity (and appetite) with some edible nut- or seed-based butter play dough!

twenty20_14f34c2d-5e74-4106-94df-dbe2200313bb

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth nut- or seed-based butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar or milk

Combine nut- or seed-based butter and honey in a bowl and stir. Add powdered sugar or milk, ¼ cup at a time, kneading into mixture until it is no longer sticky and has the consistency of play dough. Ask your child to wash his or her hands before handling play dough if he or she plans on eating it afterward.

 

*An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.