Kids Learn While Cooking

What do kids learn while cooking?  Working in the kitchen is something children enjoy just as much as eating the finished product. They love the whole process of adding ingredients together, creating something unique and seeing the finished product.
subjects learned while cooking
Even most adults enjoy seeing something they created turning out as a masterpiece.

Children might not even realize just how much they are learning because they are having so much fun.

If you ever wonder what children are learning when they are in the kitchen perhaps you will be surprised at the amount of information they are taking in while they are working with you or by themselves.

Kids Cooking Activities Teaching Materials

Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in theme sets and books with an easy to read format

Perfect for teaching!

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What Do Kids Learn While Cooking?

Math Skills

  • Counting
  • Fractions
  • Sorting
  • Money
  • Sequencing- what comes 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Weighing
  • Measuring
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Problem solving-what happens if something goes wrong

Try these worksheets for helping in math:
Cooking with Math
Pizza Fractions
Measuring Chart Worksheets
Doubling and Halving Worksheets

Reading Skills

  • Improving their reading skills
  • Vocabulary through new words
Try these sections for more reading and cooking activities:
Cook & Books with picture books
Books & Cookbooks for older readers
Picture Recipes for non readers
Cooking Vocabulary

Chemistry and Science Lessons

  • Discovering food groups
  • Making predictions
  • Experimenting
  • How food grows
  • How food changes while cooking
  • Five senses
  • Sensory exploration-with hands on and feeling the ingredients while cooking

Try this section on Kitchen Science experiments

Geography Lessons

  • Cultural recipes
  • Where food grows

Try this section for more geography and cooking

Art Lessons

  • Creating
  • Creativity-make their own unique recipes

See more art and cooking ideas in arts and crafts recipes

History Lessons

  • Recipes through generations
  • Family recipes/family history

Learn more about cooking through history

Health Lessons

  • How to eat healthy
  • Good nutrition

Social Skills

  • Responsibility
  • Safety and Cleanliness
  • Working together
  • Sharing
  • Building self esteem

Fine motor skills

  • Chopping, whisking, kneading, pouring, mixing, cutting, rolling
    Skills such as chopping, whisking, kneading, pouring, holding spoons, mixing, cutting and rolling can help develop fine motor skills.
brave messy kitchen

It is amazing that one hobby can be shared universally. After all, everyone throughout the world must eat to survive. It really is no wonder cooking with your children is an opportunity not to be missed. It is an opportunity; to not only learn an important life skill, but multiple lessons and skills while having fun doing it.

Not sure where to start? Try this 70 simple kids cooking activities list.
Lets get started teaching your kids:
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More Help and Resources for How to Teach Cooking

Include these pages in your teaching curriculum.
Kitchen Rules and Safety- the page includes downloads for Kitchen Safety chart and a Food Sanitation Chart.
How to start cooking classes
What do you learn in the kitchen?
Kids Cooking Lessons
Add lessons to your homeschooling
Teaching children or adults with disabilities
Teaching Life Skills
Getting Kids Interested in the Kitchen
Cooking Tips- tips and tricks for cooking with kids
6 Ideas to teach beyond the kitchen
10 Reasons for Kids To Learn to Cook
Getting Started Teaching Cooking

Kids Cooking Lesson Plans

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