I run the sessions from my home in West Hunsbury, Northampton, where I have a kitchen specially designed for small numbers of children to cook together. During each session, we cook a delicious recipe and also enjoy an activity related to one of the ingredients we used. The sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour. This is all dependent on the complexity of the recipe.
Cooking is such an important life skill, which, sadly, has not been taught in schools as much as it was 20 years ago. Cooking with children is so much more than cooking.
At each stage of development, children will gain something different from it.
Preschoolers learn from doing; they will count, share, take turns, follow instructions. None of these come easily to every child. They will use their gross motor skills on the whole, with some fine motor skills when we use safety knives.
Primary aged children will want to build on their knowledge and independence. They will want to use the correct tools for the jobs, and this will improve their fine motor skills, with chopping with knives and cutting with scissors. They will be reading, doing maths, looking at scientific reactions
Teenagers will be following detailed precise instructions and managing independently.