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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Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. The content is based on the author's personal experiences, research, and opinions. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified professional or expert before making any decisions or taking action based on the information provided in this blog.

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