Fit Kids SA:
Fit Kids is about shaping the way children feel about exercise. Not sport – exercise.
We all know that children need to move every day, and in so many ways that are essential to their development. There are already so many programs to choose from when it comes to meeting their movement and exercise needs. But Fit Kids is not just about ticking the skills and milestone boxes – we care about these things, but more than that we care about your child feeling strong, able and confident, and developing a positive relationship with exercise that lasts a lifetime.
What makes us different is that our instructors are experienced educators whose first priority is to instil confidence, self-pride and respect for each others abilities. We believe that children should move for the whole class, so there is very little time spent standing in queues or waiting for turns. And we also believe in teaching the life-skill of exercise that is not based in sport, so our Fit Kids learn that sport is one way to use your exercise skills, but not the only way.
How Cooking Can Help Preschoolers
Bringing kids into the kitchen can benefit them in a number of ways. Cooking can help:
Build basic skills. You can help your child hone basic math skills by doing something as simple as counting eggs or pouring water into a measuring cup. You can ask what comes first, second, and third or count together as you spoon dough onto a cookie sheet. When you read a recipe together, you’re introducing new words to your child’s vocabulary and promoting literacy. Following steps in the recipe can work on listening skills.
Encourage an adventurous palate. Preschoolers are notoriously picky eaters, and bringing them into the kitchen to cook can help get them to open up to new tastes. When your 3-year-old daughter plays chef she might sample dishes she wouldn’t try if you just served them to her. So encourage kids to taste new ingredients you’re working with and talk about what they like and how healthy foods make a body grow.
Help young kids explore with their senses. Kids learn by exploring with their senses and the kitchen is an ideal place to do that. Invite them to listen to the whir of the mixer, pound dough and watch it rise, smell it baking in the oven, and finally taste the warm bread fresh from the oven. If it smells good, looks appealing, and is easy to eat they may just be willing to try it!
Boost confidence. Preschoolers love to show what they can do and working in the kitchen provides opportunities to gain a sense of accomplishment. If they helped assemble the pizza, let them know that their help was important. You could name the pizza or another dish after your child. Serve “Will’s Pizza” or “Ella’s Salad” for dinner tonight. Even if the end results are not exactly what you expected, praise their efforts.
We will be planning our ‘menu’ and every week it will change to something new. The children will all have involvement and learn about kitchen safety and cleaning up after themselves. We will have special days when we will bake from a child friendly recipe of pictures only.
Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow.
Children learn from growing things
People of all ages can enjoy gardening, but children in particular will have lots of fun and gain special benefits. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:
- Responsibility – from caring for plants
- Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
- Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
- Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
- Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
- Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
- Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
- Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
- Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.
We have Granny Noreen and Grandpa Gordon gardeners come weekly to tend the garden with the preschoolers, they will each have a patch of soil and learn to take care of it.