Tips on How to Teach Cooking to Kids
Are you interested in how to teach cooking to children? I've had
several people contact me looking for advice about wanting to open
up classes or do kids parties in their own area.
Whether it be on a professional level or a more beginning level,
I've gathered my knowledge, others ideas and given you tips on
teaching kids classes. You can use these ideas for starting classes
in your community, homeschool groups, church groups, etc.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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How to Teach Cooking - What to Cook
Perhaps the first question is, what
in your kids cooking classes? Finding ideas for what
to cook is the fun part, at least I think so. There are several ways
you can structure your class menus.
Kids Cooking Lessons
Use our kids lessons
teaching. We have four different age groups and instructions on what
to teach and what recipes to use. We also have a basic
how to cook section
if they are beyond the other.
A weekly class can have a different theme
each week. Some
ideas could include:
Go ahead and brainstorm ideas such as these and you'll have ideas on
how to teach cooking that will last you many classes.
Ingredient Theme Class
Choose a certain ingredient
per class. Some ideas for this:
Kids Cooking Activities Ebooks
I've created the Teacher
to use in classes whether they are
for one child or for a group. The materials are perfect to help you
teach kids to cook. They are also in a pdf format that makes it easy
to read and cook with.
Try them out- it is a complete cooking
Tips on How to Teach Cooking Classes to Children
- If the recipe takes you 10 minutes, it will take much longer
when teaching and helping kids create the same recipe. Keep this
in mind when planning.
- Keep the kids on the task at hand. Kids can be easily
distracted so don't talk too much and keep them on task.
- Give a run down on what is expected in the kitchen and what
the recipe entails before starting.
- Let kids show a little creativity. They need to follow the
recipe but also choose recipes kids can be creative.
- Do your recipes in steps. If making dough. Prepare some ahead
of time and also show them how to make it from scratch. Then
pull out your all ready made dough while the one you just made
- Have kids bring plastic containers or include this expense in
the cost of your lessons. Kids can take leftovers or their
creations home in these.
- Add some food fun for fillers or add in to your curriculum.
See our printables
and worksheets for ideas
- Think at a kids eye level. What is the right height for table
and chairs? Also look into kids
tools that are real kitchen utensils they just fit smaller
- Eat what you created together as a group. Encourage them to at
least try what was fixed.
- You need to check health laws, insurance liability and legal
steps to starting a business in your community before starting
classes. In some instances, you will need to use a commercial
kitchen and a business license.
- Keep groups to 3-6 children. This tends to work best. If you
have more than 6 children, get an assistant to help you.
- Provide aprons.
- Have a reachable sink or stool to make washing hands easy for
- Teach children to clean up as well as create recipes. Wipe up
spills with paper towels, clean floor with broom if needed, etc.
- Have fun!
- In teaching children to cook there is a fine line between
instructing and hands on learning. Make sure kids understand the
recipe and what they are to do but sometimes you need to step
back and let them figure things out themselves. There is a great
math skill to learn in the process-problem solving!
More Help and Resources for How to Teach Cooking
Include these pages in your teaching curriculum.
Rules and Safety
- the page includes downloads for Kitchen
Safety chart and a Food Sanitation Chart.
Resources for teaching kids to cook:
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What kids learn in the
Add lessons to your
life skills to kids
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