Cooking and Learning on Thanksgiving

© Tammy Mcallister

© Tammy Mcallister

Want to get some help around the kitchen for Thanksgiving and teach your kids at the same time? Get them involved! There is plenty of knowledge to learn around the kitchen, whether you’re making the turkey or plenty of pies. Here are a few examples:

  • Math: Cooking involves a ton of measuring, which can often involve some mental math. Have kids use measuring cups smaller than the ones they need so that they have to practice adding fractions. There is also a lot of careful timing involved in making a meal as big and complicated as Thanksgiving, so have kids do the math and figure out when each dish would have to be started to be ready on time.
  • Science: Believe it or not, you could spend longer talking about the science behind the cooking of your food than you actually spend cooking it. Explain the science behind your turkey – how muscle turns to meat when it is cooked, what gives meat its flavor, its color, how seasoning affects the taste. There is plenty to keep your kids busy all day long.
  • Social studies: The foods that are eaten on Thanksgiving have a long history behind them. Some plants and animals were native and local to the original location of Thanksgiving. Other dishes were added much later – think Jell-O and any canned products. Explain the traditions and history behind what you are preparing.

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