We’re profiling the very best activities for dads and children across the UK, in collaboration with Club Hub, and this week we’re delighted to feature the under 5's cooking class: Three Bears Cookery Club!
Kids love cooking. They love the gooey, gluey, yumminess of it all. They love the tastes, textures and smells. And of course, they love the fact that there’s something delicious (all being well!) at the end of it. Cooking for dads is an area we're particularly passionate about too and what we love about Three Bears is getting the kids into it early on in their lives.
1. The story of Three Bears
Ruth Chubb started the Three Bears Cookery Club because she knew all that from experience. Her three children love to bake. When looking around for activities she realised that, while there were lots of child and toddler clubs, there were hardly any that helped teach children this most fundamental (and fun) of life skills.
So to redress the balance, Ruth, who is fully qualified, boasting a BTEC diploma in catering, a Certificate in nutrition for children, and training in food allergies and pediatric first aid, started the Three Bears Cookery Club. She now runs classes in various locations around Derbyshire.
“It’s named after my three girls. The great thing about running the club is that it means I can spend more time with them as they grow up plus work in a business I’m excited and passionate about.”
Ruth Chubb - Three Bears Cookery Club
2. What’s in it for dads and kids?
For a start, treats!
“We make and create something new and exciting each week,” says Ruth. “Everything is included in the clubs and the children take home what they have made.”
They also take a recipe card with them so they can recreate their culinary masterpieces at home.
Needless to say, cooking is a wonderful skill for children to learn. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that children who learn the basics of cookery at an early age are more likely to make healthy diet choices later in life. Confidence with cooking can start with clubs like Three Bears.
And that’s just the start of the skills cooking can teach. “Children can develop their motor skills, coordination, maths and English,” says Ruth. Toddlers socialise, take turns and learn how to follow simple step by step instructions. Older children mix, measure and follow more in depth recipes. Everyone has lots of fun.
And dads? Well, dads get to eat the results.
3. What else do they do?
It’s not just the regular weekly club sessions. Ruth also offers a range of cookery themed parties for different age groups (including a Bake Off party for kids of seven and up!), and bespoke cookery classes for schools, nurseries, after school clubs and Brownie and Scout groups.
4. Great for dads who…
5. Find Out More & Booking
The classes are geared for children aged 2-5.
HALF TERM ALERT! Three Bears are also running classes this February half term: