It is important for kids to get in the kitchen and learn to cook.
Cooking not only builds confidence and prepares a kid for difficult
life situations, but it also teaches them to think on their feet. It
also develops the same type of discipline as any form of sports or
martial arts. Let's take a look at the top ten reasons for kids to
get dirty in the kitchen.
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10 Reasons Why You Should Cook With Your Kids!
Here are 10 benefits of cooking with your
Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and
healthy eating. They are growing up with fast food and junk food
at their fingertips, which is part of the reason why child
obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help
instill skills to last them a lifetime.
Boost their self esteem. If your child needs a boost of
self confidence, (and who doesn't!) cooking in the kitchen will
do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something
important, and contributing to the family.
Create family time and bonding. Take time to cook with
your children and they will have memories that they can pass on
to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or
snack made but the moments with your children will be priceless.
(Just remember to have patience and don't worry about flour on
the floor or spilled milk).
Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps,
it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but
children will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in
Cooking is a great way to learn life skills. This can
be especially helpful when kids are on their own and won't have
to rely on fast food and junk food to sustain themselves.
Children can help contribute to the family and can
feel the importance of helping.
Children can learn to work together as a team, whether
it is with a parent or with a sibling to get the job done.
Cooking teaches kids about planning and making choices.
While cooking kids can practice creativity and use their
imagination. Kids cooking activities are a great way to
express themselves and enjoy their creations.
10 Benefits of Cooking with Kids
1. Builds confidence - Remember when you first learned a
new skill? It was great; you felt on top of the world knowing that
you could do something all by yourself. Cooking is the same way for
kids; it is a giant confidence boost for them.
2. Prepares for life - When life gives you lemons, make
chicken piccata. Learning to cook helps kids prepare for other life
lessons such as organization and following directions. While
learning to cook is not only following recipes, you have to start
3. Sparks creativity - What kind of new creations will
your kids come up with in the kitchen? Maybe they will develop the
new family favorite meal. Between all of the different sights,
sounds and flavors, all of the senses become aware in the kitchen.
Creativity begins to flourish and the imagination starts to think
beyond the typical, ordinary cuisine.
4. Develops discipline - Learning to cook teaches the
discipline of following instructions and builds the mind. When a kid
is in the kitchen, they become the master of their domain and learn
to respect everything around them.
5. Patience - Patience is a soufflé, just ask any chef.
If your child needs to work on patience, it is important to get them
into the kitchen. All good things come to those who wait. Let them
experiment with a cake that is not fully baked or garlic that is not
completely roasted, then explain the importance of being patient and
show them how the finished product is so much better.
6. Science - If you ever get the chance to watch Alton
Brown in action, you will be amazed at the amount of science that
goes into cooking. Help your children prepare for school by teaching
them what yeast does to dough and why toast cannot ever be turned
back into bread.
7. They ask questions - Questions are an integral part
of developing a child's mind. Letting them ask questions and then
figuring out the answers together will build the base for learning
in years to come.
8. Expands palate - Kids with narrow minds develop
narrow habits. Letting your child help with the cooking will cause
them to expand their palate and try new things. The act of trying
new things will help them out later in life when they are trying to
figure out who they are and what they want to do.
9. Passes down or builds new traditions - If your
family has traditions, the kitchen is a great place to begin to pass
them down. Due to the close proximity, there is plenty of time to
talk and explain why things are done certain ways. Also, who
wouldn't want great-grandma's chocolate cookie recipe?
10. Keeps family history - Explaining why the pineapple
upside down cake was made with the pineapple juice due to the sugar
rations during the war is a great way to flesh out your family
history. So many families in the old days, told stories and built
legends in the kitchen, why not try it yourself?
There are many reasons why it is important to get your children in
the kitchen. These ten reasons alone should have you grabbing your
children and pulling them in close to prepare the family meal. Get
out the little blue cup that doubled as your grandmas measuring cup
and begin explaining what things are, why they work and who started
these crazy traditions anyway. Not sure where to start? Try this 70 simple kids cooking