At Little Leaps children have the opportunity to participate in a range of cooking activities. This provides children with practical experience to learn many essential skills. These include: following directions, measuring, sharing, teamwork and the skill of cooking itself. Children have had the opportunity to stir, measure, roll, squeeze and spread the ingredients which has allowed children to develop their physical development (especially fine motor and hand-eye coordination). In addition to this, cooking/ baking has provided children with the opportunity to help develop their language skills. The children often describe what they are doing, what they see, smell, how the ingredients feel and taste. Therefore, we believe these opportunities have definitely helped our children develop a more adventurous and varied taste palette. The children usually count out the ingredients which helps with number recognition and use of mathematical language. We have found that the children's self esteem has benefited because they are often so proud of their creations.
This week the children have made their very own 'emotion' biscuits and have created a variety of different faces. A big well done to everyone!
The children especially enjoyed eating their creations too!