Brain boosting activity for toddlers and preschoolers
Sharing a meal
Preparing meals can be a stressful part of the day. It’s often done in stolen moments while children are distracted or one-handed with a hungry child on the hip.
One way to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone is to make it a fun activity you share together. The simple switch to preparing the meal as a team, creates an opportunity for talking and learning for your toddler or pre-schooler and is a great brain boosting activity that can be repeated every day. Here’s a few tips to get you started:
- Decide together which ingredients to get out – talk about what they are called at the same time
- Talk about which ingredient to cut up or measure first. Does your child know the names? Can they tell you which to choose?
- Talk about how to prepare fresh ingredients. Do we have our apples with skin on, skin off, seeds in or seeds out?
- If you’re following a recipe, read and follow the steps together (your local library will have great children’s recipe books that are filled with pictures to help involve young children)
- Talk about where some of the ingredients come from. Where do the vegetables come from before they found their way into the fridge? Are they grown under the ground or on a plant?
Simple everyday activities like this one provide so many chances to interact, chat and learn together. So don’t do them alone!