Renowned American chef Julia Child once said, “I’m very happy…if I can influence anyone to keep in the kitchen and make it a real family room and part of your life.” Does that statement ring true for your kitchen?
Whether you’re preparing a Thanksgiving feast or a simple family dinner, baking a birthday cake or sharing an afternoon snack, the kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s the place to go for stirring, simmering, whipping, and whirring.
Did you know, though, that the kitchen can also become an in-house classroom and a great space for learning? It’s true! And you can learn much more than just how to cook. The kitchen is a great place to learn math and even science!
From tiny teaspoons to massive measuring cups, our kitchens are full of tools that can help take abstract mathematical concepts from the chalkboard to the dinner table. Even the simplest recipes require basic math skills. Expanding upon recipes can take you even deeper into fractions, multiplication, and division!
For example, do you know the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon? A teaspoon is a common culinary measurement that’s equal to approximately one-sixth of a fluid ounce. A tablespoon is equal to three teaspoons.
If a recipe calls for six teaspoons of vanilla extract and you want to double the recipe, how many teaspoons of vanilla extract would you need to include? If you only have a tablespoon, how many tablespoons of vanilla extract would you include? If you said twelve teaspoons and four tablespoons, you’re ready for the kitchen!
When it comes to measurement, estimation, proportions, or even simple addition, cooking together is a hands-on way to feed your hunger for knowledge. If you’ve ever WONDERed why you have to learn math, the kitchen will help you develop an appreciation for math as both fun and useful.
Even more important, time spent in the kitchen offers you and your friends and family members time to connect with each other and create batches of sweet memories. Cooking together can be a great time to share the events of your day with those you love.