By: Carmen Willings
Learning skills in the area of food preparation will help the students to become the most contributing members of their homes. It is also a great way to learn responsibility! Sorting, matching, reading labels, measuring, and many other skills can be naturally embedded into these experiences. Students should be taught from an early age to be involved in the food preparation process. Students can gather ingredients required for recipes. This will not only help the student learn to be more independent, but will also help them to gain a better understanding of where food comes from and how in ends on their plate.
Observing how food changes and what is used to cause the change is a great concept and will help them understand solids, liquids, and gases. Cooking activities reinforce skills such as beginning math concepts, organization, fine motor, following directions, and early reading while having fun preparing tasty snacks.
Help the student develop skills in food preparation by teaching the student the following:
Cooking is also one of the best ways to demonstrate physical changes. Incorporate instruction in tearing lettuce for salad, making slice and bake cookies, steps of making a cake from a cake mix. You can easily incorporate concepts such as thick/thin, hard/soft, rough/smooth, hot/cold, front/back, and shape and color concepts into the cooking activity. You can never have enough opportunities to address listening and following directions. Cooking provides a natural time to practice following written directions. You can also incorporate pictures of each step (or objects to represent each step) and have the student sequence them in the correct order.
Sequence for Instructional Recipe Activity
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