Safety in the Kitchen

** I receive curriculum from Experience Early Learning (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 6th year using Experience Early Learning, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Early Learning.

This week we have been learning about measuring, pouring, chopping, stirring, baking, cooking, serving, and cleaning. There are so many fun things to do in the kitchen. And so many fun teaching moments! But, before we can work in the kitchen, we need to learn proper kitchen safety.

The first step for EVERY meal when cooking is WASH YOUR HANDS! I have said this over and over to my kids when they help in the kitchen. Germs are what get us sick. We want to make sure that everything we are touching that will go in our mouth is as clean as we can keep it. We use soap and water to clean our hands and counter surfaces. We practiced washing our hands. We also made a cute door hanger to remind us to wash our hands when we are in the bathroom.

We talked about germs and keeping our hands and the counters clean while we handle food. Experience Early Learning sent alphabet letters that we pretended were germs. I put them in a clear, plastic cover. My kids traced over the germ letters. Then, they used a squirt bottle and a paper towel to wash the germs clean.

We used pattern blocks to create our own germs. We used the “Shape Design Mats” from Experience Early Learning to copy their germ designs. Then, we made up some of our own. It was fun seeing what the kids came up with and how they pictured what a germ might look like.

Another thing we did with the pattern blocks this week was create math recipes. One of our recipes called for a green shape, a red shape, and a yellow shape. We mixed the shapes in a bowl. Then, we counted how many shapes we had altogether.

We learned knife safety and practiced cutting playdough using a plastic knife. My youngest explored cutting into the playdough with the knife. He used the knife like a fork at first. I had to show him the sawing motion we use for cutting. My preschooler did awesome rolling the playdough out, pretending it was veggies and cutting it in to pieces. My oldest practiced cutting equal sized pieces and we dove deeper into fractions. It was a fun activity that we could all do. I liked how I could adjust the learning to meet their level.

Next week, we will get up and get moving! We love to exercise. It’s going to be a great week!

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