Do you try to give your kids healthy foods, but they would rather eat Cheetos? Are you looking for a way to spark their interest in and knowledge of nutrition? A baking class could be the perfect solution!
Among the many benefits of baking classes for children is improved nutrition. When children bake, they are more likely to try new and healthy foods. Recent research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that children engaged in tactile experiences, such as handling foods, have less food fear and greater acceptance to eating a variety of foods. More research studies also show that children eat more fruits and vegetables after taking culinary classes. Not only that, but children are also more likely to continue to prefer the food they prepare themselves rather than processed foods.
In addition to jumpstarting a healthier diet, baking classes help develop valuable life skills. Children will naturally have fun and learn while kneading, tossing, pouring, smelling, cutting, and feeling foods. These actions stimulate the senses and also require basic math skills including counting, weighing, and measuring. Moreover, many children indicate a sense of accomplishment, responsibility, and increased self-confidence when making their own food. Baking is also a great way to get kids away from screens and interacting with others, and they will gain social skills by working together and communicating in the kitchen.