Offer them the cooking power hour! Have a shelf with some colourful cookbooks or find some inspiring recipe websites to scroll through with them. Ask your child to pick a few recipes that they like the look of and sound of. By allowing your child to select recipes to cook, they will gain a sense of empowerment from helping you plan a meal, snack or dessert and begin to understand the cooking prep and process.
This is also a great opportunity to get your little learner to practice reading out a recipe and to follow instructions. You could challenge them to an impromptu ingredient spelling bee as you cook. Teach children about adjectives and get them to describe each of the ingredients you’re using in a recipe. For example crunchy cucumber, zingy kiwi, runny honey or fresh and juicy tomatoes.
While you’re at it why not teach them some French or Spanish words? An inflatable globe to pinpoint where certain foods come from, from around the world is also a nice addition to add some geography skills to the kitchen classroom mix!