Why is creativity important? Creativity should not be underestimated. Creativity in children is so important. Creativity helps teach cognitive skills such as mathematics and scientific thinking. Creative thinking involves imagination, basic use of the scientific method, communication, physical dexterity and exertion, problem posing, problem solving, making interpretations, and using symbols which help with future literacy skills. A great way to foster creativity is through cooking with your children!
The communication needed to achieve the different steps of a recipe will benefit language skills too and the ability to express wishes, disagreement or just to do questions. Therefore, we will create a confidence environment for them. We will also go through a field full of little frustrations since we will manage new challenges and sometimes things just don’t work. A very good way to reinforce self-confidence.
When we cook together, we work together. Children realize how to manage different tasks and why every member of the team is important to succeed and reach the same goal. This way of working is also linked with discipline and planning, but that does not mean work could not be funny.
The fact that they can help adults and see how things work at home will probably make them feel better and improve their self-confidence. And they can also see how the daily tools in the kitchen are not as mysterious as they look like at first. Anyway, modern household appliances have improved safety for children enough to make us feel comfortable in the kitchen.
Children develop creativity and imagination with you thinking about recipes and cooking. They learn to pay attention to small details, to name foods they already know, and to discover new ones. Small tasks like shaping bakery, drawing pancakes, learning about quantities, being accurate holding tools with their hands… are just a few of the benefits for the fine motor skills of the kids.
Don’t forget that children learn about themselves by being creative. Creativity isn’t a skill that a child is either born with or without. It’s also not a skill that can be taught, it’s a skill that youth need to practice. It’s important that adults remember to foster creative environments and situations for youth to practice this essential skill.
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