If you’ve ever wanted to get your child interested in the kitchen,
then cooking games are a great place to start. Not only will these
games instill a love of cooking and baking, but you can also use the
games to highlight important life skills like taking turns and being
able to accept defeat. When you start on this kind of project, make
sure that you keep the focus on the process of playing games and
baking, rather than the end result.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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The first step in getting your child interested in working in the
kitchen is to show them the kind of flavors that are available for
them to use. Kids can cook games can help them identify different
types of foods. You could play:
Blindfold taste testing. Make
some different dishes, including some that you know that your
child enjoys. Blindfold your child and feed them a spoon of each
dish. You can get them to guess the ingredients, or merely state
their preference. This will help build trust between you, as
well as introducing them to new foods. For extra fun, allow them
to blindfold and feed you. See also our food
science experiment taste testing game.
Memory. Show your
child a selection of foods and then ask them to close their
eyes. Feed them one piece of food and ask them to identify it.
If they get stuck, they can open their eyes and use their memory
to help them out.
A lot of cooking revolves around being able to measure and weigh
things correctly, so playing math kids cooking games can get them
accustomed to using numbers around the kitchen. These will also help
them develop their logical thinking, which helps in learning school
subjects like math and science. Try playing:
Guesstimate. Set a
challenge of weighing out a certain weight, like four ounces,
one pound, or a quality such as a tablespoon or a cup, of
various baking ingredients. Cover up the numbers on your
weighing scale and challenge your child to put in 100g of flour,
sugar or butter. When they’re ready, take off the cover and see
how close they were. This will teach them that it’s ok to be
wrong, and to get better at making accurate guesses.
Dividing. First, make
something simple and round with your child, like a pie or a
pizza. Invite some of their friends around for dinner, and ask
your child to split the dish up so that everyone gets an equal
share. For an extra challenge, ask your child to decorate the
pizza so that everyone gets an equal amount of each topping.
For kids cooking games that bring the true unifying power of working
in the kitchen try playing:
The one handed chef.
Pick a simple recipe to make together with your child. Then
explain that each of you can only use one hand and the other
must stay behind your back. You then need to get the ingredients
ready, make the dish and serve, all through working together.
This really helps to improve communication and can be a real
One job team. This
works best when you have a team of young kitchen assistants.
Assign each of them a job that is their responsibility, such as
peeling, chopping or stirring. Then help them make the dish,
going through the process person by person. This is good to help
children think about the steps involved in cooking, and to help
them patiently wait for their turn.
The most important thing to remember when you’re planning kids
cooking games is to give yourself plenty of time. A dish that takes
you 30 minutes to prepare by yourself will need at least an hour
with your child. The last thing you want to do is to stress you both
out with a time constraint.