How Cooking Can Improve Your Child's Communication Skills

Whether you have a child developing new language concepts or you know someone working to habilitate/rehabilitate their language, cooking targets many different communication skills!


Expressive Language:

Verbs- mixing, stirring, rolling, pouring, mashing, cutting, spreading, chopping, opening, peeling, cleaning, eating…

Adjectives- hot, cold, wet, dry, sticky, squishy, small, big…

Nouns- cups, bowls, spoons, pots, pans, ingredients


Receptive Language:

Following directions (this can be graded up or down based on how many directions given at a time)

Sequencing- first, next, last

Understanding quantity concepts

Recall- Discuss the recipe and talk about what is needed and how to prep


Pragmatic Language:

Promotes quality time together

Teaches patience

Provides opportunity to be creative



Increases/improves other everyday life skills- hand/eye coordination, sensory experience, fine motor skills


Author: Elizabeth Zeman, M.A. CCC-SLP 

Speech and Language Pathologist 


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