The other day she helped me prep up a delicious fresh caught Sockeye Salmon filet that our neighbors brought us. She did a great job prepping and then thoroughly enjoyed munching on her hard work.
As difficult as it can be sometimes to have Aurora help in the kitchen, I can already see the benefits of including her in these activities.
- She’s not ‘seeking’ attention because I don’t allow her in the kitchen.
- She listens much better and takes direction well. She doesn’t want to get kicked out of the kitchen because she’s not listening or following directions.
- It’s great practice for her motor skills! She gets to practice pouring, mixing, cutting, scooping, etc all by helping up in the kitchen.
- She learns about time. We’ve been setting a lot of timers lately so she has a concept of time. We use this one, a simple visual timer (great for the classroom too) so she can see how time passes. We set them for things that need a certain cook time, or if we need to leave the park in a few minutes. It’s worked great and now she even asks for it!
- She’s also learning the importance of our routine. She helps clean up before dinner, set the table, bring the food over, etc. When we’re done eating she helps clear the table and gets washed up for bed. She loves to help, we just encourage her desire and point her in the right direction. She’s also learning that leaving a mess in the kitchen is not acceptable. It’s mom’s #1 pet peeve.
- She’s practically an expert at cracking eggs now and I barely have to supervise her in that activity.
- We get to learn increasingly more difficult skills…We’ve moved on to chopping with knives, (yes, real knives, and yes, it’s stressful)
I’ve added the recipe below in case you feel like giving it a try! I’m sure it’d go great on any salmon!