Cooking games for kids and their advantages

Cooking is fun and educational too! Introduce the little ones to this essential skill with some wonderful cooking games for kids that will not only get them hooked to the culinary pastime but also improve their hand-eye coordination, measurement skills, and other fine motor skills.

How do cooking games for kids help them learn and develop new skills?

Many online cooking games for kids help them develop their time management skills by throwing tasks at them which need to be completed within a stipulated time frame. Players are penalized if they fail to meet their target and are rewarded if they successfully achieve them. Café World  is one such cooking game for kids where they will have to make a dish in real time, example – if the player is cooking turkey, it will take around 24 hours for the dish to be completed and the rewards reaped. Players will have to go back to their virtual cooking world in the interim to check if the dish is properly made or not. Not only do kids develop their time management skills, they also learn how to multitask and manage tasks in a virtual world.

A few cooking games for kids reward them with game currency which can be redeemed any time to purchase kitchen tools, accessories, furnishings, or to even skip levels. Along their way, kids learn to manage their hard earned virtual money by using it wisely. They have to invest in the necessary purchases only after carefully weighing the pros and cons so that all of the cash is not used up at one go. Such activities improve kids’ money management skills.

Cooking games for kids break traditional gender barriers and encourage both boys as well as girls to play. They give players detailed knowledge of the ingredients used in the kitchen, time taken to cook, kitchen etiquette, how to operate kitchen appliances, and running the kitchen efficiently by the time the game is over.

Some cooking games for kids that you can play at home –

Invite a few of your kid’s friends over for a fun session of cooking games! Tell them you’re about to make cucumber and cheese sandwiches . Spread slices of cucumbers on a tray and keep the cheese, butter, pepper, and salt ready. Don’t allow them to use knives. Ask one of them to pass you four triangles of bread, another one to spread two teaspoons of cheese on a triangle slice, sprinkle half a teaspoon of pepper and close it with another triangle. Ask the last one to put a toothpick through a slice of tomato and into the bread to seal it. Besides improving their hand-eye coordination, kids will also learn and develop essential math skills from this cooking game. And, in the end, they will have creamy cheesy cucumber sandwiches! Play cooking games with kids such as ‘who can make lemonade the fastest’, ‘who can make the yummiest sandwich’, ‘who can make the best hot chocolate’, etc., during their stay-over.
Cooking games for kids can be great stress busters and a source of endless fun too! Come, explore the world and be a part of it!

Is Unschooling Just Lazy Homeschooling?

There are many misconceptions about unschooling where people assume that the only thing you do is laze, sleep in, watch tv, play computer games etc. The reality is different. Yes, you get the school way of doing things out of your system but you also have to instill the love of truly learning. A thoughtful article by Rehead Mom

There's No Place Like Home

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Ever wondered just what those unschoolers do all day? Sleeping in late, watching TV, playing a computer game and then counting it as a school day? Apparently, this is the view many people take on this method of homeschooling. But is that all there is to it?

While all of these activities do take place at our house (okay, I don’t get to sleep in :(), this is not an accurate picture of what we do. Today I’m going to discuss exactly that.

Firstly, the role of an unschooling mom is different than that of a school-at-home mom. Neither one is more important or involved than the other. They are just different. Instead of acting as a teacher as a more traditional homeschool mom, my role is as a facilitator. I am there to answer questions, provide a stimulating environment, and introduce, but not…

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Best Websites for Kindergarten Worksheets

The internet is a treasure trove of learning, even for very young children. Kids as young as three or four can have fun as they learn how to read, count and spell – all you have to do is go to the right websites and download or print free kindergarten worksheets for your child.

Kid Doing Homework

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Top 5 Websites for Kindergarten Worksheets

1. JumpStart.com

While JumpStart is a fun 3D virtual world with scores of educational games for kids, the website also offers printable educational resources. Their kindergarten worksheets promise to develop your child’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination; teach them about numbers, letters, colors and shapes and, most importantly, they ensure that learning is engaging and stress-free. JumpStart worksheets are a great way to prepare your child for the formal classroom environment. You will also find plenty of educational games, lesson plans and cool activities to give your child a different perspective on learning.

2. Super Teacher Worksheets

Your child may have just started kindergarten but it never hurts to get him on to more advanced topics if he seems eager to learn. Super Teacher Worksheets has a wide range of kindergarten worksheets designed to teach basic skills that every three or four year old needs to learn. The website also has a variety of learning resources for math, grammar, reading, spelling, holidays, brainteasers, puzzles and much more. You might want to try some of their downloadable e-books to give your little one a head start on reading.

3. Kids’ Learning Station

Make no mistake; this is not your average educational resources website. While other websites cover nearly the same range of topics – colors, numbers, shapes, time, phonics, etc., Kids’ Learning Station has a huge number of worksheets for kindergartners; a feat few websites can match. And they keep adding new ones all the time, so you’ll always find something new each time. This helps because kindergarteners get quickly bored if they don’t have something new to do every day.

4. Starfall

The fun kindergarten worksheets here focus exclusively on teaching phonics to young children. Another point that sets it apart from other educational websites is that Starfall worksheets are based on a systematic approach to reading with phonics and to develop phonemic awareness in young readers. Once your kindergartener masters the basics, you could get him started with the higher grades if he is so inclined. Starfall also has a range of worksheets designed for homeschool, special education and English language learning and development.

5. Math is Fun

Practice makes perfect and that’s truer for math than for almost any other subject. If you were looking for ways to teach beginning math skills to your kindergartener, here’s a great one. The educational resources designed by this website make sure that your child gets plenty of practice and builds a solid foundation in math. He also gets to test previously learned skills with kindergarten worksheets that have thousands of variations. In fact, once he gets to love math, he’ll never run out of practice material!

Give your child an Academic Advantage

I came across this really interesting infographic on the 10 ways in which you can make sure your child excels academically. If the growing number of homeschoolers are anything to go by, more and more parents are unhappy with the education system and are looking to create curriculum that helps in the holistic development of the child. Classrooms, on the other hand, have started to integrate technology and expand learning opportunities. A big plus for the idea of thinking outside the box.

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Kindergarten Math Games in the Kitchen

Photo Courtesy – Terren in Virginia

Photo Courtesy – Terren in Virginia

Trying to introduce young children to math usually leads to tears, tantrums and frustration. Trust me, I know. To begin with, no active three-year old wants to sit still and push paper; not when he’s wide awake and ready to play. So worksheets are out of the question right away. Besides, you want to build a positive relationship between your child and the Math Monster and forcing him to mug up math concepts isn’t going to help. So how do you help your kindergartener build a solid foundation in math?

You’ll find the answer in your kitchen. You read it right. Think about how often you measure, count, compare and estimate when you are cooking. Your kitchen is a storehouse of kindergarten math games to teach your little one the basics of counting, measuring and numbers. Here are a few games to get you started.

Turn Cooking Time into Learning Time

Eating the Zoo

Skills – Addition, subtraction, counting and estimation

If your child loves animal crackers, here’s the perfect kindergarten math game for him. Pretend that a plate is the zoo. Can you put 6 animals in the zoo? Oh no …one has escaped! (Your child eats a cracker.) How many animals does the zoo contain now? (He answers, “Five.”) Continue the game by adding or taking away until he’s full or tired, whichever is first. Your child will master his numbers in no time at all!

Measuring Games

Skills – Measuring, estimation, comparison

Line up all your cups, spoons and other measuring equipment and have your child arrange them from biggest to smallest. You could also play a fun guessing game with a metric system scale – collect different kinds of food and ask your child to guess which one is the heaviest and confirm his answer by weighing it on the scale. Your child picks up foundational math skills with these simple kindergarten math games.

Count and sort

Skills – Counting, sorting

Your kindergartener is new to the world of numbers – why not sharpen his counting skills with this simple kindergarten math game? All you need to do is place individual cereals in increasing order (up to ten) and have your child repeat the numbers after you. Here’s another easy math game that teaches sorting skills. Collect fruits in different colors (apples, oranges, lemons, etc.) and label baskets with the colors you have. Ask your child to sort the fruits according to color. You can play the same game with fruits in different sizes.

Want to raise a child who’s not scared of math? Give him plenty of math moments in the kitchen with these easy and fun kindergarten math games!

If you’re looking for more ways to make math less intimidating for your children, be sure to read my guest post about it over at Earnest Parenting! Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment about the things you do to get your child not to fear math. I would love to hear from you.