Kids Cooking Lessons Plans
12-15 years old
For today's Kids Cooking Lessons go over kitchen knife safety
(below) and demonstrate to your Junior Chef how to use one properly.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Part 1: Learning about Knife Safety
It is hard to determine at what age your child is
ready to use a knife.
Knife safety is important and if you feel your child is not ready
skip this lesson until you feel it is the right time.
You are the best judge as to what your child can and cannot do.
Here are some tips for
teaching knife safety but you, as the adult, will be
showing your child the procedure. So if you feel you have a little
to learn about knife safety, please do so, also. We have a kids
cooking video below that will help you with the proper technique.
Always use a cutting board. It is safer to cut on a board and
better for the counter tops! Use a large board to allow more
Always have adult supervision.
Use a good sharp knife. Dull knives are more likely to cause
Curl your fingers under and tuck them in when you are holding
whatever you are cutting. For example, when cutting an apple
tuck your fingers you are using to hold the apple in.
Be careful when carrying a knife! Always carry it point down.
If a knife falls, step back and let it fall. Don't try to
Place things on a cutting board to cut! Do not cut in your
Pay attention to what you are doing. Don't get distracted and
always keep your eyes on your cutting.
Never leave your knife in a sink where someone can reach in
unaware and grab it. It is best to clean, dry and put away after
they are used.
Point the knife blade away from you. Do not cut toward you or
Store knives in a block not loose in a drawer. It isn't good
for the blades or for fingers that are reaching into a drawer.
Hold the knife in a pinch grip and use a rolling motion when
The tip of the knife should remain on the cutting board.
You could even put tape on the knife where your fingers are
suppose to be placed as a guide.
If you cut yourself run under cold water.
When it stops bleeding, dry with paper or cloth and use a adhesive
strip. If it is a deep cut or doesn't stop bleeding apply pressure
to it, hold it above your heart and seek medical attention.
Part 2: Practice Cutting and Prepare a Stir Fry
For help with proper knife technique watch this kids cooking video
as part of your kids cooking lessons.
Most kids can't wait to use a kitchen knife but Kids Cooking Lessons
has held off until they are teenagers to give them added experience
Now that your Junior Chef has learned a little on kitchen knife
safety have him/her prepare a stir-fry. Remind your child to go
slowly while you supervise for correct cutting procedure.
Beef, cut in strips or chicken, cut in strips
1 cup water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 green pepper
In a bowl or measuring cup, stir together soy sauce, sugar, and
cornstarch. Set aside. Chop green peppers, green onions and carrots.
Break up or cut broccoli into bite size pieces. In a saucepan, heat
1 tablespoon oil. Add vegetables and meat. Stir-fry. Add sauce and
continue to stir fry several minutes until vegetables are tender and
meat is done. Serve with cooked rice.