5 Kids Cooking Tips
Here are 5 kids cooking tips and ideas on getting kids interested in
working in the kitchen.
Kids usually have a genuine interest in baking and creating in the
kitchen. It is an activity that sparks their creativity and a desire
to want to learn more. If you can nurture their interest it will
grow and kids will learn not only an important life skill but how to
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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5 Kids Cooking Tips
room to experiment and try new recipes. Don't confuse this with a
lack of supervision, however. As a mom and a teacher I've had to
fight the urge to say, "Here let me crack that egg for you" or for
older children, letting them cut vegetables themselves. Parents and
teachers are more apt to step in and help. We need to be nearby to
help, however we also need to give them room and not take over the
work. Often we tend to take over because it will be faster but
resist the urge to take control. Children learn by doing hands on
experiences even if it involves spills and messes.
children pick recipes they'd like to try. Usually kids favorites are
dessert recipes but also include lunches, breakfast, snacks and
dinner in their learning to cook adventures. If they aren't
interested at first, involve them in appropriate
Soon they may be ready to try and cook more. Gather
cook books, browse kids-cooking-activities
and let them pick out a few recipes they'd like to try. Being able
to take credit for dinner, really is a big boost for a child. Even
if it is simply saying, "I picked this."
children in charge of dinner once a month or once a week, whatever
works at your house. Let them find and plan the menu with your help
and prepare the meal (with your supervision) for the family. Make
sure there are healthy choices in your menu plan such as vegetables
included with the meal. This will help kids learn about good
children learn more about food in general. How do vegetables and
fruits grow? How do you make cheese? Learning facts about the food
we eat makes creating something together for lunch or snacktime more
real. Check out the food facts section
interested in working in the kitchen sometimes requires making food
fun. How about a theme dinner
Or center dinner around a theme they choose. Dress up, make a menu
and cook the particular meal together. Making meal time and cooking
can and should be a fun activity. As we get older it can become a
chore but if kids get involved when they are younger, as they grow
older it becomes part of a healthy life.
Whether your children are young or old there are many ways to draw
them into the kitchen and teach them basic cooking skills and good
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