Martha Merritt, Special Education Process Coordinator, Bowling Green R-1 School District
Looking for something fun to do with your children over Winter Break? We’re all looking forward to some relaxing time to spend with our families. Here are some tips that may help to keep youngsters busy.
Cooking with kids is a great way to spend quality time with your children and teach lifelong skills, including some practice in math and reading. Toddlers can make simple recipes as they count items and follow a sequence of steps.
Toddlers can also use clay or play-doh to make “pretend” food items as they help mom or dad in the kitchen.
Most toddlers love to stand on a safe chair or stool at the sink using measuring cups and spoons while doing water play.
With mom or dad’s help young kids can read recipes, follow directions, measure ingredients, and practice safety tips while in the kitchen. Older children can help plan meals and could be assigned one evening a week when they are the “cook.”
Children can help parents do the grocery shopping by creating a list of ingredients and comparing prices to make the most economical meal. Give your child a calculator and have him/her accompany you to the grocery store. Set a base price and see how close they can come as they add the prices of the items.
Cooking enables parents and children to work cooperatively and share accomplishments.
For kid friendly recipes, see http://kidallrecipes.com or go to your favorite bookstore where you can purchase kid cookbooks that are user friendly for all ages.
Cooking with your child is a way of giving them responsibility in the home. It also provides quality one-on-one time with your child.
A child can have a real sense of accomplishment when working in the kitchen with parents or independently.
Setting the table or doing the dishes is also an important way of involving your child in household tasks.
These tasks help develop responsibility and sense of accomplishment, which will lead to a strong work ethic.
Also, remember families who are not as fortunate as you by donating food items to your local food shelf. Bring your child with you to help you drop off items that will benefit other families who are in need.
Have a wonderful break, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Bowling Green R-1!