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Cooking helps reading!


Cooking helps reading!

What to do with this activity?

Cooking provides an opportunity to build reading and writing (reading the recipe and making a list for shopping) and maths skills (numbers, measuring, weighing) in your home.     

•    Show your child how to follow a recipe.

•    Before you start you might have to buy some ingredients - your child could make a list of what you need to buy for the recipe.

•    Read again and measure out the ingredients, both liquid and solid as required, and read the scales accurately with your child.

•    Be there to help with reading, measuring, weighing and mixing.

Help them follow this recipe for an easy chocolate cake from Kidspot.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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