ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
National membership 
organisation

Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal

 

Activities and play ideas

Baking with Children and Going For ‘Slow Cooking’

By Warwick Marshall
© ChildForum

cookingAs a responsible teacher, carer or parent you role model and pass on good nutritional dietary habits... don’t you?  Well…, in front of the children anyway!  But does this mean leaving a wonderful learning opportunity consigned to the pantry?  It probably means making a rule to keep baking and such to a rare and wonderful treat, say perhaps once a week at the most or only on birthdays.

Baking with children offers fun, social and yummy learning opportunities - and it can be nutritional and delicious too. 

Unfortunately research puts a flop on our pancakes causing some of us to shelve our baking trays. Otago University’s ‘Non-essential (NEEDNT) Food List’ (2012) identified 49 types of foods to minimise or eliminate from our diets to protect ourselves and the population from obesity.  And, of course, our baking treats such as cakes and muffins are categorised as ‘should be avoided’. 

But wait…, what’s that…?  Is it a spa bath for smurfs…?  A new Bayblade stadium…?  No!  Slower than a rice cooker…, bigger than a crockpot…, rounder than a sandwich toaster…, it’s the slow cooker!  Regardless of home or centre setting, ‘slow cooking’ with children offers similar learning opportunities as baking but with the added bonuses of producing nutritious meals and bringing the ‘oven’ out to the children. 

Keep it simple and use the slow cooker sachets from the supermarket or let your creative juices flow and simmer fourth. 

READ MORE


Oops ... you are not logged on. Don't miss out!  

To keep reading, you need to login Smile

Not a member?  Look below ↓ for the click here button below ↓   It will take you to the membership page to choose your own unique username and password.

Are you interested in joining us? 
Become a member and also gain access to our significant online knowledge base 

Membership Options

Personal
Membership

Who is this for?
Ideal for parents, students, teachers, researchers, teacher educators, policy analysts and children's specialists.
$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
or for students $60.00 short-term 6 month access.
Your own personal username and password.

ECE Service 
Group Membership

Who is this for?
A service that has licenced one or more ECE services with the Ministry of Education (including home-based, parent, and teacher-led).
Starting from $198.00. Provides 12 months membership from the date of joining.
A shared username and password for your service group.

NZ-International Research in
ECE Journal Subscription

Who is this for?
Libraries, universities, polytechnics and organisations wishing to have access to the NZIRECE published journal and its articles.
$150.00 annual renewable in November each year.
A username and password or IP address access.