Students across the country are spending spring break or an extended break at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many parents are struggling to figure out what to do with their kids to prevent them from being bored. There are plenty of things to do, including fixing a 1,000 piece Jigsaw puzzle, building Lego masterpieces and learning how to cook.
The kitchen is a great place to go to have fun with your kids. It’s like taking them on a field trip to a science center or a magic house where incredible things happen through hands on activities that are engaging, educational, and entertaining. Think about it. Where else can you go with your kiddos to mix flour, sugar and butter, then roll the mixture into balls, put them in the oven on a baking sheet, wait a few minutes and presto – homemade cookies!
Consider the lessons your youngsters will learn planning meals, reading recipes and measuring ingredients. Those activities improve reading skills, math skills and motor skills. Don’t worry. Your little ones will have plenty of time to sharpen their skills when they help you cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will bond in the process, talk about our day and create incredible memories. You will laugh when they scrunch their cute little faces up the first time they taste a lemon or lime or cover their faces with flour and sugar. Those kinds of memories make life sweeter. Speaking of life. The life lessons your kids will learn will last a lifetime.
Remember, select age appropriate tasks for your kids when they assist you in the kitchen. Children as young as two get a kick out of playing in water when they help wash fruits and vegetables. Three to five year olds get excited when they learn how to make funny faces with their food. Six to nine year olds get creative when they select their favorite ingredients, pour them into a blender and make their favorite smoothies. Go ahead. Pack your patience. Create a safe space, go to the kitchen and have fun with your kids! See how to have fun with your kids by watching this video.