Baking and cooking: useful knowledge

Rogoff (2003) has suggested that some repeated activities that children engage in—that to my mind therefore represent their ongoing interests—may be universal. It is certainly very common to see children enacting food preparation and meal routines in early childhood settings. Children’s knowledge of food preparation and storage could be supported by teachers who have some science content knowledge.

I came across this article by “Nanogirl” Michelle Dickinson, a fabulous scientist who makes science accessible and attractive to children, and adolescents who are considering their future studies and careers. The article is useful knowledge for early childhood teachers to have as children bake and cook in sociodramatic play in centres.

You can learn more about Michelle and her Nano girl mission at:


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