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Children, food and pedagogy

When working with children, eating-time can be used as an educational activity – alongside other pedagogical exercises.

"Children learn when they eat. We have to make sure that what they learn extends far into their future as a positive experience, which focuses on taking responsibility for the food, for their friends who they are eating with and for themselves."

- Per Schultz Jørgensen cand.psych, dr.phil and professor in social psychology.

Eating time demands time

Eating together - in the family or in the institution - demands time. But the time is well spent. Preparing and eating together contains certain educational activities: Children can participate in preparing the foods nicely, serving their friends or family, handing over, waiting, tasting and helping each other throughout eating time. All these activities are healthy challenges, which help build up character and courage when it comes to eating.

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Children in the kitchen

In many daycare institutions in Denmark cooking is a daily event for the children. The activity of cooking has educational opprtunities, and involving the children benefits the children, the kitchen staff and the dayscare staff. Moreover, the recognition the children get from participating on equal terms with the adults is a valuable lesson that fosters social recognition.

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Including children in the act of cooking teaches them valuable lessons such as:

  • Good eating habits
  • Knowledge of healthy eating
  • Proper table manners
  • Helpfulness
  • Ownership when it comes to the food they are eating and the norms surrounding eating time
  • Getting and taking responsibility
  • Getting and learning to get recognition
  • Understanding that eating time is a social activity
  • The Copenhagen House of Food /Københavns Madhus
  • Bastbygningen
  • Ingerslevsgade 44
  • DK-1705 Copenhagen V
  • kontakt@kbhmadhus.dk
  • +45 : 4090 9109