The art of cooking should not be limited to the Master Chefs’ kitchen. Allowing our children the opportunity to express creativity in the kitchen has invaluable benefits for fine motor and sensory development.
Fine motor skills are needed in everyday life. Cooking provides many exercises to help develop these skills. For example strengthening of the wrist by slicing, pouring, whisking, squeezing, Tripod fingers which are required for holding a pen correctly by pinching, slicing and sprinkling
This family recipe makes for a visually appealing, fun and rewarding fine motor and sensory activity.
Tools and benefits
Whisk (wrist movement)
Cup (pouring action)
Butter knife (cutting and tripod fingers)
Potato peeler (wrist action) supervision and assistance by an adult is required .
Ingredients and benefits
1 egg per person (breaking eggs good for bilateral integration as two hands are required)
1 tsp. sour cream per egg (adds a light fluffy consistency to omelet)
Salt and pepper to taste (pinching the seasoning and sprinkling as an exercise for tripod fingers)
Mushrooms (slicing, texture)
Basil pesto or dried herbs (sprinkling or squeezing)
Tomato sauce (squeezing, colour)
Crack egg into cup and whisk.
Add sour cream and seasoning
Pour into non-stick pan and cook over medium heat. (Adults only)
Place the pan with the handle sticking out under the grill to cook the top of the omelet. Trying to flip it will result in breaking, as the mixture is very soft and fluffy. (Adults only) Once its fully cooked slide it onto the plate and allow the kids to construct the face.