Our Mini Chef lessons promote valuable life skills that teach children about nutrition and food safety, as well as building math, science, literacy and fine motor skills. We encourage each child’s interest and excitement in healthy foods by teaching them how to cook safely with age appropriate cooking activities.
Learning how to cook can also help promote social, mental and physical development in children. It’s never too early to bring your child in the kitchen!
Here are the top benefits for our children enjoy thanks to our Little Chefs programme:
Develops math, science and comprehension skills
Studies have shown that the best way for children to learn is through experience which is why at Ladybird we introduce our children to cooking as early as possible! To help our children learn about math, our teachers assign simple tasks such as counting fruits or measuring out ingredients like flour. Reading recipes along with them is another great way to help boost their comprehension skills and understand about different processes like blending or mixing. Cooking is also a great way to see science in action! Our children love seeing how the different ingredients are instantly transformed before their eyes into delicious dishes such as fruit pies and zuchinni bread!
Allows them to explore different food
It’s no secret that children are picky eaters but cooking helps them to be more adventurous when it comes to food! A curious child will always be eager to try a new dish if they’ve seen how it’s done and helped make it themselves. At Ladybird, we use cooking as a great way to introduce new food to our children. We let them try each ingredient and use this chance to teach them about which food is healthy for them and what it does for their body!
Teaches them about responsibilities
Spills and messes are to be expected when taking your little one into the kitchen. Instead of reprimanding them, we help them and show them the right way to clean up. Show them where the broom or dish rags are kept or the right process to dispose food scraps. Pretty soon, they’ll be able to do this on their own!
Helps them understand the importance of good hygiene
Cleaning up before cooking is a must for everyone! At Ladybird, we make it a point to help our kids wash up before entering the kitchen while teaching them the importance of staying clean, especially when handling food. It’s also a great opportunity to teach how to wash their hands properly!