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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spring vegetable show and mini master chef competition

Cooking is a development and learning tool adopted by many schools in the world. The best way of learning is by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, and listening and cooking offers use of all these senses. Children love activities relating to cooking because they can use all their senses.

Our 'Spring vegetable show and mini master chef Plan' was made few days ago, and we decided to add more activities for this evnet. Cooking and baking is part of our curriculum at our school so learning objectives were to teach kids about local and seasonal vegetables, few spices, variety of eggs and then making omelet with these ingredients.

March 3rd, Thursday was not a very bot day but as we arranged all the activities at outdoor, sunlight became uncomfortable after 10 am. Still all kids, few parents and teachers were excited to participate in activities.
In the ground we set up the tables with vegetables, few fruits, different kind of eggs, spices for omelet making, coriander leaves, mint leaves, soy sauce, tomato sauce.

Seasonal vegetables: The tables with vegetable display included these vegetables: Spiny Gourd/Teasle Gourd, Bitter gourd,Green Chili,Green Papaya,Bean, Cucumber, Wax Gourd/Ash Gourd,Bottle Gourd, Sponge Gourd,Sweet Gourd, carrot, Ladies Finger, Bringal/egg plant, cabbage, cauliflower, Bean, Yard long, Palwal/Patal, Spinach/Palonggshak, Sweet potato/Misti alu, Drumstick/Shajina, lalshak, gourd leaves, broccoli, green chilli.

Fruits: Guava, locally grown cherries, ripen papaya to make fruit salad.
Spice table: Salt, pepper, soya sauce, tomato sauce,
Chopped ingredients: Chopped coriander leaves, cabbage, green chili, cheese, spring onion, onion.

Different kid of eggs such as duck, Koyel, farm chicken and local desi chicken egg

Before starting program students did the crafts activity by doing vegetable printing on chart papers.
Early year and ks1 students busy in drawing seasonal vegetables
Vegetable pirnitng

Then children were asked to choose the ingredients, mix and handover to support staff who were there to cook the omelet at earthen stove. According to their age group such as early years, KS1 and KS2 they made the omelet by selecting the ingredients from different tables.

Children learning names of vegetables

Kids loved rolling and making rotis
Omelet cooking at earthen stove

Selecting the spices from spice table
Omelet mixed by different groups were then tasted and judged by few parents and teachers. The omelet made by ks2 girls was the best one, but other group cooking was also good.
It was a very entertaining learning experience for kids of all stages.
Tasting their own mixed food was exciting. All children were then served with rotis and omelets, lemonade and fruit salad.

The event or activities were ended after few hours but learning journey never ends and these kind of learning activities provides practical experience with many essential skills such as reading, following directions, and measuring. Getting involved in cooking helps your child to develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, and even early concepts of math and science. There are just so many great benefits to cooking with kids.

More benefits of cooking with children:

Social-Emotional Development: Hands-on cooking activities help children develop pride and confidence in their skills and abilities. The act of following a recipe can encourage self-direction and independence, while also teaching children to follow directions and use thinking skills to problem solve.
 Physical Development: Chopping, squeezing, spreading, and mixing are all cooking skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye-hand coordination. It’s impossible to separate hands-on cooking activities from physical development for young children.
Cognitive Development : Cooking inspires children’s curiosity, thinking, and problem solving, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations.

 Additionally, cooking offers authentic opportunities for students to understand and apply their knowledge of measuring, one-to-one correspondence, numbers, and counting. As they follow a recipe, children organize ingredients, follow a sequence, and carry out multiple directions.
 Language Development: With its own vocabulary, cooking is a great opportunity for language development. Take advantage of opportunities for children to match pictures to words and articulate questions inspired by their new experiences.
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