Helpful Ideas for Cooking with Kids
2015 July 15
The kitchen is the heart of the home where your family gathers for mealtimes. Inviting your kids into this space to cook with you is a fun way to get them involved in meal prep, fill time on a rainy day and it provides your kids with lifelong skills. According to a study done by the Children’s Food Trust, kids who cook are 50% more likely to cook 5 meals a week as adults. Plus, they are more likely to try new foods if they helped cook them.
Here are few tips to make your family time in the kitchen more enjoyable:
Plan Your Time
Kid Friendly Jobs
There are plenty of tasks children as young as toddlers can do, even with complicated recipes. Young helpers can help gather the ingredients and supplies, tiny hands are great for pouring ingredients you have measured out and little ones love stirring. Kids are naturals when it comes to decorating baked goods, putting the ingredients on a pizza or kneading dough. If your child wants to help with cutting, check out these kid friendly knives from Curious Chef.
Talk Through the Process
Don’t Forget the Clean Up
Sitting down together to enjoy the meal you all prepared can be a rewarding experience for everyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s macaroni & cheese or lasagna Bolognese, it’s times like these where memories are made. Priceless.