Each week Ms. Ann and her toddler classroom take part in a cooking project. This week's recipe was for homemade applesauce. The children were able to independently cut up the apples with a special knife, they helped measure the cinnamon and sugar, and then they took turns mixing it all up!
Ms. Ann feels it is important to cook with them each week. Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developed by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading. Cooking also offers the opportunity to develop language by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and looking at changes color, texture and consistency. Plus, it's lots of fun!