Children from any age can help in the kitchen and learn culinary
skills. Our kids cooking lessons are divided into age appropriate
groups. We've divided 5 different age groups with more than 10 basic
lessons for children in each. Below you will also find some tips on
getting started teaching cooking, as well as why you should use
cooking lesson plans.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Why Start Cooking Lessons?
It might be scary and stressful to
imagine your kids in the kitchen. Are you saying to
yourself, cooking lessons? NOT in my kitchen?
You might have egg shells in the
scrambled eggs or flour pasted on the wall but remember cleaning
up is an important skill to teach when cooking, also. Try to
remember the benefits of teaching children to cook.
A lot of knowledge comes with spilling
milk. To read the 10 reasons why to teach children to cook visit
How to Get Started With Lessons?
To use the lesson plans it is best to choose a day that is low
on stress and one where you have time for an enjoyable lesson.
Your time in the kitchen could be a Saturday morning when there
is no school, during a younger child's nap or a quiet Sunday
Whatever works best for you (the teacher) and your child or
children. Remember to make the experience fun, stress-free and
Please, also remember, learning to cook is a continuous learning
experience not something, that is learned in 10 easy lessons.
Ideas for Using Children's Cooking Lessons:
One on one with your children
Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops
Church youth groups
Kid's summer camp
Day care/preschool centers
After school programs
Home school groups
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Free Online Cooking Lessons and Ideas
Each lesson has coordinating recipes and age appropriate tasks
to help kids learn and experience the lesson topic.
From the ripe ole age of four, children learn to follow
direction and duplicate tasks. This is a great time to begin working
with them on delegating tasks. From cutting soft vegetables,
like steamed broccoli, to pealing a potato, children can take a lot
of the redundant tasks off of your hands; and they will be happy to
Kids love to be in the kitchen, it makes them feel important and
grown up because they believe the kitchen is reserved for "big
people." Giving them a few tasks to perform helps to build their
confidence and begins teaching them about kitchen safety. As they
get older, you will find yourself needing to do less and less as
they become more comfortable around the tools and foods of the
kitchen. Each of our cooking lesson levels have appropriate tasks
Have Them Clean Up Afterwards
Sometimes, cooking with kids isn't stressful until it is time to
clean up. This could be another delegated task, but just having them
help can remove a big part of stress. Let one wipe the scraps into
the trash while the other rinses the plate off to hand to you. Make
cleaning up just as much fun as the cooking and it will not be a
problem getting your kids to help out.
Cooking with your kids can be an extremely joyous and fun time. It
takes a little thinking ahead, the right tools and a good attitude,
but nothing you can't accomplish on your own. Call the little ones,
give them a peeler and a task and watch as your stress levels are
peeled off like that potato.
Tips to Get your Kids in the Kitchen
Sometimes it is difficult to get kids interested in the workings of
a kitchen. While we have already discussed why it is important,
let's take a look at how we can excite them enough to get started.
Let Them Experiment
Kids love to try new things and the kitchen is a great place to do
it. It is easy to clean up if there is a mess and with the proper
instruction on safety, the kitchen can be a great place to get
creative. Of course, some experiments fail, but no matter what
happens, we, as adults, have the open door to discuss what happened
and why it happened.
Kids get excited when they get to play around and experimenting in
the kitchen is just that. The once elusive domain is now within
reach and not only that, they get to have fun and play around. If
you want to get kids fired up, give them the ability to play in the
one area they were previously banned from entering. Try these 70
simple kids cooking activities list.
Let Them Ask Questions
Questions are a great tool to spark a kid's interest. Kids ask
questions because they want to know and understand how things work
and why they do what they do. It is important to field all of the
questions you can when teaching a child to cook. It is also fun for
the adult, even if they don't know the answer, to sit down with a
child, find the answer and talk about what they found out.
Questions lead to more questions and bonds become tighter. Making
room in the kitchen to stop and have a discussion will keep a child
interested and will help them develop critical thinking skills for
later in life. Learning how to ask the right question is also an
important part of growing up. For instance, there is a big
difference in the answer to "Where does milk come from" and "How do
we get our milk."
Another great way to keep the interest flowing is to ask a question
back. For instance, in the "Where does milk come from" question
above, ask them where they think it comes from. This is a great tool
to unpack and straighten out any wrong information they might have
received in the past.
Let Them Have Room to Do It on Their Own
This step will probably make some adults extremely nervous. Yes, you
read correctly, let them have room to do it on their own. Let the
child try their hand at certain tasks and then ask you for help if
needed. This is a great way to spark interest because they get to
put their hands on things sooner.
Kids love to try new things, especially when there are not a bunch
of rules and regulations that come before they get to play. Let your
kids discover that there has to be an easier way to stir the cake
mix than with a fork and that pouring the flour slowly will keep it
from puffing up their noses.
It is easy to get kids interested in cooking when they have some
room to experiment, ask questions and try their hand at something
new. The best way to keep a child interested is to get in the
kitchen with them and learn to relax a little and have fun. So get
up, grab your kids and get into the kitchen to kick-start the fun. Here are some tips on how to
teach classes to kids.
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