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Chopping and grating, kneading and mixing, children love cooking at Officrèche, writes Sarah Booker Lewis.
Our preschoolers had a full hands on experience making different dishes every day when Foodini Club sent in their recipe packs for a week.
The Brighton-based company launched its child-friendly recipe kits for families on a trial basis back in January.
When Officrèche director Liz Moody-Stuart heard about it, she thought it was a great activity for our older children.
Each morning recipe cards, ingredients and cute packaging was dropped off ready for the day’s activities.
It was a chance for youngsters to explore the wonders of smell, texture and taste.
Most parents struggle to get vegetables into fussy eaters, but every Foodini recipe is a healthy mix of tasty and healthy.
Brightly coloured Beet Heart pancakes were a hit, loaded with healthy beetroot.
Eating pink food is much more fun than munching on a beetroot cube.
Chocolate muffins may look like a decadent treat, but inside banana and avocado gave the youngsters a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
Chickpea fritters has a spicy smell and were packed with protein and carrots.
They all loved the carrots. Grating the vegetables was a simple
Early years manager Lisa Taylor said: “It’s been amazing and we are considering doing it regularly.
“It really held the children’s attention. It’s been great to send the leaflets and food home.”
Young children love getting involved with household activities.
Cooking is a basic skill they need for the future.
With careful supervision they are capable of basic chopping, grating and mixing.
It is a great opportunity to help them develop their risk assessment skills.
By preschool age they understand the cooker is hot and burns.
The best thing about cooking is it is great fun.