Cooking & Science


Cooking French Toast

Children learn by doing, and cooking gives a child the opportunity to understand more about foods.  Motor, sensory, conceptual and social skills all play a part.

We use ingredients for cooking in as close to their natural state as possible, to help children gain an awareness of whole foods.

These activities stimulate questions and investigations, increase vocabulary and present experiences of scientific nature. For example, butter softens more quickly in one’s hand than in a bowl. Why?

In the process of cooking a child may:

  • measure
  • feel
  • mix
  • smell
  • count
  • take turns
  • taste
  • clean up

Most important of all, children delight in cooking because it is fun; they can get their hands in the batter; they can see the changes that take place and they can eat what they cook!


Young children need a sensory diet!  Their natural way of learning is through active exploration and by using all their senses.  Our goal is to provide many hands-on activities that allow children to gain concrete experiences about themselves and the real world around them.     Allowing children the opportunity to explore everyday scientific concepts can lead to the excitement of real phenomena and help them build higher-order thinking skills. (For example, what happens when you pour water into sand?  Where does the water go?) Such inquiry-based learning reflects children's questions and ideas and provides a scaffold to support many learning styles.

Science includes:

  • learning to ask questions and being open to many possible answers
  • developing a sensitivity to living things and their needs
  • learning to give proper care to plants and animals
  • learning to handle living and non-living material
  • enjoying using all the senses for exploring and discriminating
  • collecting materials for observation
  • developing awareness of change that takes place over time
  • learning that things that are different might have qualities in common
  • observe and make predictions
  • developing an awareness of cause and effect relationships.

Children are natural scientists!