Reading is important, not just for children but for adults as well. Reading is emphasized throughout childhood to help sustain a healthy love of learning and to help develop problem solving, critical thinking and imaginative skills in individuals. But… as we all know, it is not so easy to get every individual to read. When it comes to kids, reluctant readers may often feel uninterested in books and find other pastimes more exciting instead. Personalized books can help with this problem. Personalized children's books are special because they are individualized and interactive. When kids see that they become the star of their own adventure, they are more likely to pick up the book, read through it, and learn some key skills along the way. However, personalized books are not the only interactive books out there, in fact, some have been around for ages… like cookbooks.
When it comes to getting reluctant kids to try new things, interactivity is a great way to pique their interest. Cookbooks allow kids to participate in the preparation as well as the cooking or baking alongside their parents or older siblings. This is a great project for families to work on together where every member can play a vital role in the outcome, with everyone sharing, eating and enjoying the meal once its finished!
Kids will love reading the recipe. They will love feeling needed and important as part of the project, but their eagerness to read is also great too. As they read off ingredients, kids can learn all about different spices, grains, meats, vegetables, fruits and other such ingredients, as well as learning about measurements and some cooking activities like mixing, beating, seasoning and a slew of other things. Not only will kids learn key aspects of cooking, even if it is just the basics, but they will also learn about the food they are eating as well which can be especially helpful for reluctant readers. Studies have shown that when kids help their parents cook a meal, they are more likely to eat it! This is because they feel like they are a part of the cooking process and are proud of their involvement and contribution, much like the feeling of pride they may feel after having completed an arts and crafts project.
The holidays are just around the corner and there is no more perfect time to get kids in on the family cooking! Invite kids to help out with the holiday cookies, cakes and treats as well as the big holiday dinner. Even if they only lend a hand for certain dishes, they will feel great about having been a part of the process and will be eager to help read a recipe again in the future!