Parenting Pro Tip: Cooking to teach the 5 senses
Have you ever wondered how you can teach your kids great lessons while doing household chores? Well folks, here is our parenting pro tip that will teach kids their 5 senses while they are also helping you cook!
Lesson 1: Sight
Cooking is such a great way to enhance children’s way of seeing, because for the most part, they can’t seem to find anything (even when it is right in front of them). We must approach this lesson with careful consideration, make sure that the items are in eye level and you may have to point towards the object several times. Allow them to recognize each object with you. The biggest test is if your child recognizes the item when they are asked to find them. Be patient, it may take a few years of practice until they (hopefully) learn to master their sight without selective seeing.
Lesson 2: Touch
There are a lot opportunities for the kiddies to touch and feel the materials that are being utilized while cooking. They can recognize a variety of textures and how they can be used. For example: spaghetti is stickier than lettuce, so it is a better material to throw on the wall because it sticks much more easily! They will learn how to explore texture on the wall, on the floor, on the table, on their body and even on you. With constant practice they will master this in no time!
Lesson 3: Hear
This lesson will be on going and may not be fully mastered even in adulthood, but we always have a little bit of hope that they will get better as time passes by. You may be the one tested in this lesson, and will either be repeating your self or have to listen to the same questions over and over and over and over again. Once you have accepted that listening is one of the hardest lessons a child will ever learn, you will be closer to success!
Lesson 4: Smell
The greatest way to experience a good meal (besides tasting) is by smelling the food. You can introduce each ingredient and allow the kiddies to find out how each one is different just by smelling them. Be prepared for your child to stuff the food in their mouth before even smelling the item then gagging because they just ate a whole onion. They may also sneeze on the food you have lovingly prepared together after using their sense of smell.
Lesson 5: Taste
You have done all the work, prepared all the right ingredients and even managed to get your kid to help out without any major accidents occurring and messes to clean. We are in the last round and the judge has sat down to eat your beautiful creation. They sit down, take a look at the food you have made, stick their fork in it, look at you with their angelic faces then say “I want chicken nuggets!” You look at them with murder and tears in your eyes (not knowing what to do first, cry or get really angry). You ask them to taste it, but again they say; “I want chicken nuggets and fries!”
You would like to sit there and make sure they taste the food, but after 3 hours of “cooking” together, you end up giving up, defrosting the nuggets in the microwave and serve them the nuggets, so you can finally put them to bed and then collapse on the nearest soft area you can find.
Teaching new skills are hard, but a parent’s gotta do, what a parent’s gotta do.