Encouraging your kids to do some cooking with you in the kitchen is not only fun, it’s educational too. So whether you’re making cupcakes or cookies, cooking and baking can help kids learn valuable maths skills. Here’s how:
It can help them to learn how to count
Reading recipe cards with them and asking them about quantities needed in the recipe can teach them about counting. Ask them how many spoons of flour or how many eggs are needed and get them to count them out.
It can teach them about measuring
Let your child measure some of the ingredients, whether in tablespoons or millilitres on a measuring jug. This will help them learn the concept of less and more too.
It will teach them how to sort things into categories
When you’re cooking, help your child sort the ingredients into groups, so an egg would be protein, flour would be a grain, milk would be dairy, and so on. As well as teaching them about sorting, you can also use this as an opportunity to talk to them about healthy eating.
It can teach them about shapes
Draw around the utensils you’re going to be using on a piece of blank paper, then ask your child to match the utensil to the correct shape.
So now you know that cooking can be educational for kids, why not try these delicious pancake recipes?
Try these yummy pancake recipes
It’s pancake day this week, and what better way to combine learning maths skills and having fun than by making some yummy pancakes? Here are some recipes to try. Recipes are courtesy of Salt of the Earth.
Banana will add some sweetness to pancakes, as well as potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
1 ripe banana
How to make them:
Whisk the baking soda with the all-purpose flour in a bowl then set it aside. Place the banana, sugar, milk, vanilla essence, and egg in a blender and mix well. When the banana mixture is thoroughly combined, pour it into the bowl of all-purpose flour and baking soda. Mix all of the ingredients together with a ladle or spoon, then scoop some of the batter and cook it in a hot pan. Flip the pancake with a spatula to cook the other side. If you see bubbles on the surface of the pancake, it’s ready to be flipped. When both sides are done, serve the pancakes with your syrup of choice.
Chunky Chocolate Pancakes
Who doesn’t love chocolate? These pancakes are a treat to be enjoyed in moderation, and kids (and adults) are sure to enjoy every bite.
1/2 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
90 ml skimmed milk
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
40 grams chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chopped nuts, ideally pecans
1 medium ripe banana
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
How to make them:
Blend the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt in a large bowl, then in another bowl, whisk the skimmed milk with the melted butter, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar. To create the batter, make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the milk mixture. Stir the batter mixture until all ingredients are combined well. Next, carefully fold in the chocolate chips, nuts, and the banana. After that, you can start cooking the batter in a slightly oiled pan. Scoop about four tablespoons of batter and cook both sides. Layer the pancakes and drizzle them with chocolate syrup to serve.
Science says that if food looks good, our brain will think it tastes good, so what better way to entice kids’ taste buds than by making rainbow coloured pancakes?
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
25 grams butter
A pinch of salt
Chopped fruits for toppings (strawberries, mangoes, bananas, or cherries)
How to make them:
Mix the flour with the salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Mix it together to make a thick paste and pour the milk in slowly to make a smooth batter. Divide the batter into several bowls and tint each bowl with the food colouring of your choice. Mix the food colouring thoroughly with the batter. To cook the batter, melt the butter in a hot frying pan and cook each bowl of the coloured batter. Stack the pancakes together and sprinkle with the fresh fruit toppings, some yoghurt, or maple syrup.
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