The Value of Cooking with Your Child

Cooking is an activity that can help children of all ages develop many skills. Completing a recipe requires math, reading, cooperation, focus, and an ability to follow directions. Making a dish with Mom or Dad can also increase interest in a variety of foods, build a young one’s pride and self confidence, and give parent and child an opportunity to spend important time together. If possible it is helpful for adults to understand that an exra teaspoon of salt or some spilled flour might ultimately become an interesting learning experience.