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Calling All MasterChef Kids: The Amazing Benefits of Reading Recipes

Like an engaging novel, a well-written recipe can engage all of one’s senses. A story arc is ever-present in the form of the following: measuring, assembling and executing. What then constitutes a recipe? Recipes refer to a set of detailed instructions that describe how to prepare a dish, including both the technical and artistic aspects of flavour and texture. In this article, we will talk about three incredible benefits of recipe-reading for your child!

1. IMPROVES ABILITY TO LEARN

Sharing is Caring: Red Bean Bun-making workshop at SoC

Recipes are a treasure trove for children to learn new grammar and vocabulary. Without a doubt, they are brimming with verbs such as “whip”, “marinade”, and “sear” that children can effectively pick up. Occasionally, they might even stumble upon cooking terms such as “baste”, “blanch” and “sauté”. Exposure to a wide range of verbs is a stepping stone for children to master both vocabulary words and grammar.


Most recipes also have a personal voice and an ability to connect emotionally with readers. This leads to children being more likely to learn and appreciate different cultures and heritage. In addition, recipes potentially spark children’s interest in cooking, which is not only a vital life skill but develops their fine motor skills as well. Should they be interested in carrying out a recipe, parents can foster a stronger bond with their child by guiding them through the steps.


2. ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY

SoC’s Rainbow Cheese Toast Workshop at Children’s Festival 2019, hosted by Gardens by the Bay

Creativity is the best form of self-expression! For younger children who might not yet be able to articulate their thoughts and feelings, being able to create reflects and nurtures their emotional health. In order to support their creativity, introducing recipes is a fun and engaging way to do so!


Not unlike stories of pretend meals, children exercise their imagination as they carefully follow the steps in their mind’s eye. While following a recipe is indeed important for beginners, it is natural for children to alter existing recipes, or come up with new ones altogether. This hones their critical-thinking skills and promotes a passion for experimentation. Regardless of how children utilise recipes given to them, it gives them an outlet to transform their thoughts and feelings into something tangible.


3. SHARPENS ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS

SoC’s Sushi-Making Workshop at Children’s Festival 2019

Strong organisational skills refer to the effective planning of tasks and time needed to complete them. Understanding task requirements plays a major role in this process. In other words, organisation is a life skill that is modelled and reinforced by routines. A constructive way to build a child’s organisational skills is by instructing them to follow the exact steps in a recipe, such that they are required to focus on the tasks at hand, and formulate a plan to follow through. The ultimate goal is to create the flavour, texture and presentation the recipe demands. When a child is able to reach this milestone, it would then be ideal to let them exercise their creativity the next time to express themselves!


At School of Concepts, we conduct monthly thematic workshops across Singapore that brings unique fun activities to children. Each workshop aims to impart life skills and knowledge about different cultures! This can come in the form of art classes or culinary lessons, just to name a few. As seats sell out fast, keep an eye out for them by signing up for our newsletter or follow our social media for updates!




Sources:

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/executive-functioning-issues/4-ways-kids-use-organization-skills-to-learn https://childdevelopment.com.au/areas-of-concern/organisation/organisation-skills/

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