You could talk about what you are doing together, describe what you can see and feel, and what the result of cooking might look and taste like. Talk about where food comes from, what countries and how it grows.
Your child could join in your cooking by:
Scrubbing vegetables and fruits
Washing and tearing vegetable greens
Measuring dry ingredients
Mixing dry and wet ingredients together
Shaking a drink in a closed container
Spreading butters or spreads
Cutting some fruits and vegetables with a child safe knife
Carrying unbreakable items to the table
Setting the table
Putting things in the bin after cooking
This easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen and is great for using up overripe bananas.
you will need:
2 medium sized bananas
180g (3oz) dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, dates, apricots or even chopped apple - choose your favourite)
240g (4oz) flour (plain or self-raising)
120g (2oz) butter (margarine and other dairy free alternative will work too)
half a teaspoon of mixed spice (or if you prefer try cinnamon, vanilla bean paste, or crushed cardamom seeds)
Hands on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skills.
Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children to follow a sequence.
Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developing by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
Cooking offers the opportunity to develop language and vocabulary but watching things change colour, texture, and shape.
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