Turn your Kitchen into a Classroom for March Break
Do you have a young sous-chef at home? Cooking is a valuable skill to teach children with the potential for delicious outcomes! Cooking also happens to be jam-packed with educational potential.
There are many teachable moments for students that can be taught in the learning lab – aka the kitchen. Both baking and cooking can reinforce subjects taught at school: math, science, reading and history. It also is a great way to introduce students to other cultures, encourage creativity and promote healthy eating.
With time off from school this month for March Break, consider keeping little chefs occupied in the kitchen! Here are some resources filled with ideas and recipe inspiration:
Available at Mastermind Toys
For ages: 3 and up
Every budding chef requires tools. Equip your young apprentice with fun accessories to get started this March Break and continue all year long. Shout-out to my neighbour friend, Colleen, whose family gave my son this gift for his birthday. It may even motivate some help at mealtime in your home!
By Mardi Michels
For ages: 8 and up
This educational cookbook comes from Mardi Michels, an elementary French teacher and blogger in Toronto. She aims to make French cooking accessible for kids and families with this beautiful guide. Students and adults will certainly have a lot of fun eating their creations!
By Tanya Steel
For ages: 10 and up
History fans will devour this title from National Geographic Kids. It explores the origins and stories behind the food we enjoy and includes cute quizzes and related recipes throughout the chapters. Students will learn how to make Cave Kid Trail Mix, Almond Milk for Lords and Ladies and Let Them Eat Quiche.
Written by Chris Johns, Photography by Johnny C.Y. Lam
Prince Edward County is a favourite destination for families and all ages. For me, it’s the perfect escape and I love going there for its beauty, quaintness and especially for the cuisine. While in Picton browsing the isles of Books & Company, I was thrilled to discover this title which is now proudly sitting on my coffee table. It’s a great intro for newcomers and visitors who want to delve deeper into the roots and local recipes.
Get cracking in the kitchen. Bon Appétit!