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Friday, March 18, 2011

Cooking exposure for the juniors

Want to introduce cooking to your little ones?

The following are some guidelines how cooking can be done based on Concepts and Skills for each age group.

For 2 years old

* Explore food will all 5 senses
* Possess short concentration
* Active & learn by imitation
* Get frightened easily
* Require plenty of freedom to explore
* Parents should choose recipe for food of various colours

For 3 years old

* Want to take part physically, eg. kneading, stirring, rolling, etc.
* Parents should provide children with enough practice in pouring, stirring, chopping, measuring, etc.These help to develop children fine motor skills.
* Parents should start introducing the different types of food & utensils to the children
* Parents should choose recipes that facilitate sharing & cooperation among children to enhance their social skills

For 4 years old

* Recognise opposites, dry & wet, soft & hard, sweet & sour, etc.
* Like responsibilities
* Aware of the surroundings - parents can relate food to people or tell stories of the origin of certain food.
* Understand time - parents can begin teaching children how to use the timer
* Begin to understand parts & whole cut food into half and quarter
* Parents can use recipe cards to help children to develop sequencing skill
* Cooking will build confidence & foster independence in children.

For 5 & 6 years old

* Learn about food shapes
* Enjoy using measuring & weighing device
* Able to keep graphs & charts
* Proceed by include other earlier age groups

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