In allowing your child to experiment in the kitchen at an early age you provide her with the tools that will help her grasp complex concepts in the classroom in later years. Research has shown that play is the foundation for all learning. During play children learn certain social skills and it even forms a foundation for science skills. Measuring, turning water and flour into dough and carefully placing batter onto a baking tray are all skills that will serve your child well in the science lab.
Benefits of baking for preschoolers
- Baking develops fine motor skills as your child uses tiny muscles to control measuring, spooning, sifting and mixing.
- If you talk to your child while baking and explain each step to them as you go along, you help your child develop language skills and expand their vocabulary.
- Baking helps children understand sequences and how to follow steps in chronological order – this is imperative to developing math skills.
For older primary school children, baking helps with learning skills like addition, fractions and problem solving.
Fun kitchen experiment
- Ask your child to measure out 1 cup of water and pour it into a tall, clear glass.
- Then add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Ask your child to mix this together until the baking soda dissolves in the water.
- Next, have your child drop about five raisins in the glass.
- Get your child to slowly pour in a ½ tablespoon of white vinegar. This gets the raisins popping. Slowly add more vinegar if the raisins don’t start dancing immediately.
Explanation for dancing raisins: Vinegar is acetic acid and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. By mixing them together, your child is creating a chemical reaction between the acid (vinegar) and base (baking soda).