At Kool Kidz Mill Park, our Kindergarten room love cooking which is why we implement a cooking experience each week.
Not only does cooking experiences with preschoolers enable them to learn and practice some basic math concepts, but also help build and improve their language skills and further develop their fine motor skills and eye hand coordination.
To encourage healthy food choices, our cooking experience this week with the children involved them making Kale Chips in our dining room – and YES we do have a dining room!
They were able to identify and become aware of fairness and make connections with healthy eating habits as the children engaged in having turns at tearing, mixing and tasting. The children communicated with one another as they asked questions, made predictions and were provided with opportunities to explore their senses This cooking experience was fun and interactive and a great way for building confidence and learning a new life skill.
How to Make Kale Chips
• 1 bunch Kale
• 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
• ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
1. Preheat oven to 110 C.
2. Rinse and thoroughly dry kale, then tear into small pieces and discard any large stems.
3. Add Kale to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with oil and parmesan cheese. Toss thoroughly to combine, using hands to distribute the oil and parmesan cheese evenly.
4. Spread the kale over a large baking tray, ensuring the kale touches as little as possible to help them crisp while baking.
5. Bake for 15 minutes and lightly toss kale to ensure even baking. Bake the Kale for a further 5-10 minutes, or until kale is crispy and very slight golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. The kale chips will crisp up even more once out of the oven.
7. Enjoy and eat immediately!
Note: This recipe is versatile and can be modified to include whatever flavours or seasonings you desire.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing- Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners- Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators- Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
KBC: My Five Senses, Numbers, Active Healthy Bodies