Is Cooking Important for Young Children?

You might be thinking, this is an odd blog post for a storybook company…. However, there is method to our madness. We are bringing out a new kind of book which is a recipe told as a story, more on that later. We know that reading is important for children (and indeed adults), but is cooking important? I spoke to Mums and experts to find out their thoughts, the overwhelming reply was YES, and here is why.

Why Cooking is Important…

is cooking important

Below are the reasons that parents gave for why cooking is important.
– Teaches skills that are needed later in life – you need to eat every day for the rest of your life!
– Brings the parent and child closer together when they cook together
– Gives a sense of accomplishment
– It is fun
– Teaches responsibility
– Involves math
– Improves dexterity
– Helps children understand where food comes from
– Teaches parents patience!

boy cooking with parent

The experts in this area have written a lot about the benefits of cooking, and their thoughts are along the same lines as the parents. Here are the benefits the experts see.

  • Social-Emotional Development: Hands-on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skill. Following recipes encourages children to be self-directed and independent, it also teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.
  • Physical Development: Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developed by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
  • Cognitive Development: Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.
  • Language Development: Cooking offers the opportunity to develop language development by linking it to all other areas, including Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts, and Literacy. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching materials change color, texture, and medium. (source: SCOE)
  • Children who cook are more likely to taste and try the finished result (source: NY Times)
  • Cooking is a way to talk about healthy foods and install healthy habits at a young age
How to make banana muffins storybook

This is the reason for the post on cooking… Our new book “How to Make Banana Muffins“. It combines cooking and storytelling with personalisation – there are two characters in the story – the child baking and the parent/adult/helper both of whom can be customised. It’s an exciting time to be in storybooks.

What recipe would you want turned into a storybook? Let me know in the comments below…

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