There’s so much to do in the kitchen that can be fun and educational

…you’re stressed because you’re scrambling to fill hours usually reserved for school, you probably wonder how to keep your kids’ brains and bodies occupied productively for 10 weeks during summer “vacation.”

I have found that cooking with our kids is one way we can keep their minds engaged over the summer.

Counting/Addition: Have your preschooler count cherry tomatoes as he adds them to a recipe…or practice division by sorting the two foods into groups or dividing 20 olives into four equal groups of five.

Multiplication: Have your child double or triple a recipe such as zucchini noodles.

Fractions: Have your son or daughter measure how many teaspoons in a tablespoon…

Reading: Have your child read through a whole recipe…

Writing: Your child can create her own recipe for trail mix, salad dressing or granola

Reasoning: If he wants homemade popcorn to taste sweeter, spicier, more fragrant or saltier, which ingredients or spices should he add…

Creativity: Design your own “Chopped” or “Top Chef” cooking competition using a basket of ingredients…

Getting your kids cooking this summer will not only help them find practical uses for skills they’ve learned in school…

Source: How cooking can keep kids sharp over the summer – The Washington Post