If you are looking for a childcare centre near Cannington, you have probably learned about the importance of learning through play. At every Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area, one of our favourite opportunities for learning through play is called “Shake ‘n’ Bake.”
Shake ‘n’ Bake is an activity where children help assemble ingredients for our staff to cook. They are having so much fun, they don’t even know they are “learning” anything. All they know is that they are having fun and they are going to get to eat whatever comes out of the oven.
We love Shake ‘n’ Bake because it is teaching your child something he or she can do at home with you. Children idolise their parents and have a lot of fun helping them do basic tasks around the house.
Shake ‘n’ Bake helps your child learn a variety of skills. There is counting and measuring involved, so they are learning math. They are also learning proportion. They are developing their fine motor skills while learning how to work as a team. They are also learning reading skills, even if they aren’t that far along yet.
When a child sees food they helped with come out of the oven, it gives them a sense of pride and enhances their self esteem. Also, believe it or not, they are learning chemistry because they are mixing ingredients together. It may not be the most advanced chemistry but they are learning.
Learning about Nutrition
When children are helping put recipes together, they are also learning about nutrition. They learn about meats, potatoes, fruits and other food categories. They are also learning the “magic” of how ingredients are mixed together to produce food. For example, meat, pasta, sauce and cheese become spaghetti.
Not to belabour the obvious but they are also learning cooking, which is a great lifelong skill.
To learn more, contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.