ABSTRACT

Cooking with young children is unlike anything else in early years. Children are often motivated by food, but putting that aside, it provides so many opportunities to develop language, communication, mathematical concepts, collaboration with others and, above all, creativity since practitioners never know how it will turn out. 1, 2, 3 biscuits are a great way for children to start out in their independent cooking journey. Ideally, children will have some understanding of numbers up to 3 for them to know how much of each ingredient to use, but practitioners can support young children if they are not quite ready for this yet. Pizza is such an easy recipe and is suitable for all children to take part independently. Using fresh ingredients in cooking is always a great way to encourage conversation around healthy eating and oral health. Children love to cook and have a sense of achievement when they have something to show for their efforts.