For young children, they are many hidden lessons in the kitchen - math, science, reading. You can also build up their motor skills when you teach them to crack eggs, help do the whipping or stirring, kneading, rolling, cutting, pouring, peeling, etc.... Not forgetting passing down knowledge you don't find in books such as the fastest way to peel garlic, how to counteract spiciness, what is the best soy sauce to use etc....
When I was in primary school, I joined the Brownies. I remember one activity that involved cooking. One girl cooked French Toast and it was really good. I recall wondering "where did she learn to do that?" I was quite amazed at her capability.
Well, I've decided that I need to rope in my daughter into the kitchen more often. I've been inspired by some moms out there who cook with their children every Saturday. I think this is a wonderful idea. Not only do the children learn, but it's also a great way to bond and spend some quality time together.
First time I'm trusting her with a knife.
Edible? Baby thinks so. It turned out great.
An important part of cooking is learning to prepare the ingredients. I had K peel garlic for me today. A whole bunch of them. She was a great help and freed up some time for me to clean the fans in the house. She learned something today -- peeling garlic is sticky. Oh, she learned another thing -- your hands smell of garlic even after you wash :)