If you've visited this blog before, or if your child has been to my preschool, you probably already know that I think it is important to cook with children. Cooking is so much more than a necessary chore! Talking about ingredients and recipes, developing vocabulary, practicing measurement skills and counting, participating in the making of food and developing an appreciation for the effort and products of cooking... this is a terrific activity to involve your kiddos in!
This week we're focusing on the letter Mm, so we have to make muffins! As usual, we started with a literacy connection, by reading If You Give A Moose A Muffin, by Laura Numeroff. We also read a class book from a previous year, a variation on The Muffin Man nursery rhyme that the children illustrated. We found pages created by some of our older siblings, from when they were little! The children love having that family connection in our classroom, and sometimes kiss the pages their siblings made.
Then of course, we washed hands and started cooking! I called the children 4 at a time, and each child put in an ingredient, and helped to stir.
When I was a little girl, my mother could mix very fast, and I would watch her, and think that I would never be able to do it like that! She told me that when I grew up, I would be able to, that I just needed lots of practice, like she had when she was little. Still, her hands could do a really good job, and mine didn't work like that. Now that I am grown, and have practiced so many times, I'm the mommy helping the children to cook, and telling them that one day their hands will be big, and fast, and clever. One day, a long time from now, they will be the mommies and daddies, and it will be their job to teach their children how to cook.
In this holiday season, I hope you'll make time to cook up some memories with your children! Enjoy!