Making recipes with your child is fun, but you may be wondering “What does this have to do with literacy?”
Research recognizes that the home environment and parent-child interactions are an important influence on a child’s literacy development. Positive and meaningful parent and child interactions can lead to enhanced language, literacy, emotional, and cognitive development.
When you and your child…
- talk together and make plans for the day
- read through a recipe book together and decide which recipe to make
- talk about the ingredients and what they are
- write a grocery list together and talk about the words you are writing down
- go to the grocery store and notice the different road signs or count the red cars along the way
- read your grocery list together to make sure you have everything you need
- read the recipe together and measure out ingredients and talk about the fun things you will do with your chalk, bubbles, paint or gak…
… you are providing your child with rich literacy experiences and positive interactions that strengthen family bonds and promote literacy development!
Giant Bubble Mix
Use the following bubble recipe to refill your store bought bubble container. You can also add a drop or two of food colouring to make colourful bubbles. Make your own bubble wands – pipe cleaners bent into interesting shapes, cookie cutters, or yogurt lids with the centres cut out.
- 3 cups water
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup Joy/Dawn dishwashing liquid
- In a large bowl stir water and corn syrup until combined.
- Add dish soap and stir very gently until well mixed.
- Use mixture to blow giant bubbles.
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk (non toxic)
- 1 ½ cups of cornstarch
- 1 ½ cups of water
- Molds – anything can be used! Empty egg cartons, Dixie cups, ice cube trays, etc.
- Food colouring – assorted colors.
- Mix the water and cornstarch together until smooth.
- Pour into your molds.
- Add 3 or more drops of food colouring to the molds to get the colours you desire and mix well.
- Allow 2-3 days for the molds to harden completely in a dry, warm place. Pop out your chalk and have some fun! Store the chalk in a dry container.
Homemade Finger Paint
- 1 cup flour
- 2 Tbs. salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups cold water
- 1 1⁄4 cups hot water
- Food colouring
- Combine flour, salt, and cold water in a saucepan.
- Beat with a wire whisk until smooth.
- Place over medium heat, and slowly stir in hot water.
- Continue stirring until mixture boils and begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat, and beat with a whisk until smooth.
- Divide the mixture into several different containers or bowls.
- Add 4-5 drops of food colouring to each container and stir well. Store in the fridge.
For best results, paint on freezer paper or finger paint paper.
For more recipes and other great literacy ideas, check out our other blogs, our Flit app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, or call the Centre for Family Literacy at 780-421-7323 to find a Literacy Links workshop near you!