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08/31/2015

Baking to Improve Developmental Skills

Active parenting is spending meaningful time with your child, so your child achieves appropriate developmental skill. Teaching your child to eat well establishes good habits. You impart good nutrition habits when you cook together. You can also help your child build language, critical thinking, motor and math skills. Recipes follow a sequence and require measurements, various products, some chemistry, and time. Baking requires lifting, sifting, pouring, whisking, beating and stirring. Raw ingredients are combined in a specific order. Heat is necessary to convert the raw ingredients. Cooking is art and science combined. Children who may otherwise feel pressured when required to sit down and memorize are felt no pressure during cooking time. They can be creative and enthusiastic.

Baking Skills

Baking offers an excellent opportunity to develop hand and wrist skills. Baking requires specific methods for combining ingredients. Each technique requires a different movement of the hand, wrist, and arm. These movements are repetitive and help improve coordination. The resistance of the batter demands muscle strength. I highly recommend baking activities for children who have grasped or handwriting issues as a way to improve their coordination and strength. Cooking tools, like spoons and spatulas, provide input into the arches of the hand.

Improve Cognitive Skills

The entire process of cooking or baking fosters cognitive skills. Your child will need to read, follow directions, monitor time, remember steps, sequence and show judgment. They need to understand which signs indicate undercooking or overcooking. If they help prepare dinner, they need to manage time so that a variety of foods can be prepared at once. It is amazing how many skill sets can be developed when preparing food. If you want to impart healthy living objectives to your child, you can do that as well. Cooking with your child brings the family together, provides the quality time, improves learning and developmental skills, helps build independence, and can bridge the generation gap by carrying on family traditions. Get started with this delicious Strawberry Tart!

Strawberry Tart Recipe

The strawberry season has started. Right now, these strawberries are so sweet and nutritious. This recipe is simple and so tasty and mouthwatering. Your child will be proud of their creation and want to share with the whole family.

Shortcrust pastry:

  • 250 gr. flour
  • 125 g cold butter
  • 60 ml. cold water
  • One pinch of salt

Preparation:

Sift flour in a large bowl. Add the salt and stir well. Cut the butter into small cubes, add them to the flour and begin to rub into the flour using only fingertips until a sandy ground consistency is achieved. Your child can do this. Just make sure they have well-washed hands. Add cold water and mix as quickly as possible. Now, we put the dough on a well floured table or cooking board. Prep the tart pan and make sure it is greased with butter. It is easier if you wind the rolled dough around the rolling pin and gently place roll it off and onto the mold and cut the rest in the pan. Cover with a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator until ready to bake or place it directly into an oven preheated to 350°F for 15 minutes or until golden. Or you can buy ready-made pastry dough.

Filling:

  • 400 gr. Strawberry
  • 100 gr. of sugar
  • 30 gr. cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk
  • Three egg yolks
  • One package of gelatin

Preparation:

In a bowl, put the yolks with the sugar, cornstarch, warm milk and begin to beat until no lumps of cornstarch are present. Put the batter into a casserole bowl and over medium heat, constantly stirring until thickened, then withdraw from the heat and let cool. Empty the filling into the mold evenly, and then cover up with halved strawberries. Add a glass of cold water to the gelatin and let it stand for 15 minutes, and then put it in the microwave until the gelatin is dissolved. Empty gently above the strawberries to cover the entire surface and put it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours and your child will be ready to enjoy their homemade dessert with the whole family.

Tutoring in San Ramon

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