Practical Ways to Teach Kids Science and Life Skills
Kids love to discover things, and everything around can be explained by science. Instead of forcing the kids to read books upon books of theory, put them at work with little science projects they can do at home. The most practical way to do this is to let them help with cooking.
Combine biology, chemistry and physics and you have the very basic techniques in the kitchen. Combining different ingredients and learning how they work together to form different flavor profiles is a great way to interest children in how things work. Identifying different parts of the protein you are working with is great for learning how muscles work together; think extending and retracting the wing of a chicken.
Watching how a knife slides across a cutting board and learning how levers work when whisking without your arm getting tired. Many people don’t take the time to stop and realize what they are doing in a kitchen and actually turn everyday tasks, such as cooking the family dinner, into teaching lessons for their ever-curious children.
Kids belong in the kitchen, not only because they can learn about safety and health while developing their creative side, but also so they can be self-dependent one day. Teaching a kid to cook helps to slow down the obesity epidemic that is sweeping the country, and wouldn’t it feel good to know that you passed down the tradition of cooking big meals for your family? They wouldn’t have to rely on fast food to survive if they ever find themselves living alone in a big city. They can cook their own meals!
Your kitchen may be dolled up in the best surfaces, and even decked with rustic bar stools, but it will start to feel like home only when the rest of the family have used it, and enjoy being in it.