This term both the Kulari group (preschool) and the Yonga group have been participating in cooking experiences. This has come about as an extension of the learning and interest in making playdough. On Shrove Tuesday both groups cooked pancakes and enjoyed them with their lunch.
The Kulari group has since made pizza (including homemade dough), damper and hot cross buns for Easter. The pre-schoolers enjoyed exploring the various dough textures and using different techniques during their cooking. The Yonga group have made pizza, cheddar biscuits and homemade pasta.
All of the children have had an important role throughout their cooking experiences, from measuring the ingredients, mixing and kneading the dough. Cooking experiences are a fun way to explore math and science concepts. Measuring ingredients, counting ingredients and looking at volume and quantity introduce children to the world of numeracy. Discovering chemical reactions and the relationship between ingredients during the cooking process encourages the children to experiment, hypothesise, investigate and inquire – all skills related to science. Not to mention the fun and enjoyment children experience while cooking and then eating the finished product!