Busy making, busy baking!

Ideas to help your child practise their literacy skills - with you, and online. Ages 4-6 years.

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia.

The activity supports your child's skills in:

  • putting activities into the correct order
  • recounting procedures and events
  • building vocabulary.

It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Cook up some learning

Cooking with your child is a fantastic literacy and numeracy activity, giving practice such as reading lists, measuring ingredients, and understanding that we use different language for different purposes.

Cooking also teaches your child planning, patience, and the pleasure of eating something you’ve made yourself. So choose a recipe together, head to the kitchen, and ‘Talk. Cook. Learn.’ with ideas like these:

  • ask your child to help get the ingredients out and measure them
  • talk about the tools and equipment you need – eg what they are called, what they are used for
  • talk about the ingredients – eg what colour they are, what they taste like, where they come from
  • ask questions about the steps of the recipe – eg what's first, what comes next.

Go online

For some online reinforcement, Let's make a banana split will give your child practice at:

  • listening to instructions to follow a recipe
  • putting pictures into sequential order
  • using words to describe the sequence of steps.

We’ve adapted this content from Learning Potential. You can find the original article here. Check out more of their full range of practical support, tools and tips here.

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