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Why Teach Kids Cooking Activities?



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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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 making.

  5. Cooking will help reinforce all these subjects! real lessons Visit What do Children Learn While Cooking page for more information.

  6. Cooking is a great way to learn life skills. This can be especially helpful when kids are on their own and won't have to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain themselves.
  7. Children can help contribute to the family and can feel the importance of helping.
  8. Children can learn to work together as a team, whether it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.
  9. Cooking teaches kids about planning and making choices.
  10. While cooking kids can practice creativity and use their imagination. Kids cooking activities are a great way to express themselves and enjoy their creations.

All of our kids cooking activities and ideas are kid tested, doable and fun. They just need:
  • A dash of time
  • A pinch of originality
  • A cup full of enthusiasm

So put on an apron and lets get started with Kids Cooking Activities.

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