I started kids cooking activities and kids cooking lessons with my
children after my oldest son would create "something" in the kitchen
almost everyday. He would fill a pot with water, add sugar, salt,
apples, whatever he could find and ask me to cook it on the stove
top. He didn't want to follow a recipe. He just wanted to create
something using whatever he could think of.
Through the years I've come to understand just how much kids love to
cook and want to help in the kitchen. When children are young they
pretend to cook in the kitchen, make mud pies in the sandbox, and
what kid hasn't made bubble cakes in the bath tub?
Kids do cooking activities all the time!
Why you should do kids cooking activities!
Here are 10 reasons why you should do cooking
activities with your children.
Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and
healthy eating. They are growing up with fast food and junk food
at their fingertips, which is part of the reason why child
obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help
instill skills to last them a lifetime.
Boost their self esteem. If your child needs a boost of
self confidence, (and who doesn't!) cooking in the kitchen will
do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something
important, and contributing to the family.
Create family time and bonding. Take time to cook with
your children and they will have memories that they can pass on
to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or
snack made but the moments with your children will be priceless.
(Just remember to have patience and don't worry about flour on
the floor or spilled milk).
Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps,
it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but
children will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in