Having fun in the kitchen is a great way to learn!
I think it is important to give children a simple project so that they can succeed and feel proud of their accomplishments.
I picked up Lucas after school and we decided to make pizza for dinner, but I needed a shopping list, and he offered to help.
He was learning to print and to sound out words.
I asked what he liked on his pizza and we started to make a list...
"Lala... how do you spell pepperoni?"
And don't forget the black olives!
And then... off to the store to do some shopping.
He had great fun grating the cheese... take a nibble, and then grate some more.
His little sister Alaina joined in the fun as they placed the toppings on the pre-made crust.
We had pizza sauce, bits of sauteed Italian sausage, pepperoni, olives, and cheese... lots of cheese!
As they worked, I had the idea of putting the pizza on a lazy-susan and giving it a spin as they spread the cheese.
We all laughed as the pizza was spinning. And it worked just fine!
A sprinkling of herbs and some olive oil and the pizzas were ready to go in the oven.
YUM! YUM! Now... let's eat!