“Cooking with kids is not about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s also about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”
– Guy Fieri (American Restaurateur, Author & Emmy Award Winner)
The kitchen can be an exciting place for your young kids. They see you working actively in there – watching the steam rise from pots, and smelling what’s on the dinner menu. Well, don’t you think so considering inviting them to help you in the kitchen can be really fun?
Kids can help you out with small tasks, like stirring porridge on the stove or setting the dinner table. They can be taught how to measure ingredients or crack eggs. In fact, kids can be lured into the kitchen if you make them choose their favorite dish and help them in preparing it.
Keeping the fun part aside, do you know what you get out of it all?
There is a quality time that you’ll share. Then there’s this joy of sitting down at the table to enjoy what you’ve prepared, together.
What else? Well, let’s take you through!
- Cultivates Life Skills
Cooking is a must-have skill required to be an independent adult. Kids can start learning basics from an early age – pour milk, make tea or prepare their own sandwich. As they grow, kids can keep learning to cook meals. This will make them more responsible and independent individuals.
Besides, cooking also teaches kids safety lessons such as not to touch a hot stove or how to use a knife correctly.
- Develops Focus & Attention
Cooking demands the need to stay focused and pay attention. Else, the recipe might go haywire, and they’ll not get a perfect cuisine. Kids learn fast that they have to pay attention to every step and process if they want to eat that delicious brownie or cookie at the end!
- Promotes Physical, Mental Prudence
Involving children in the process of making delicious home-cooked meals will cultivate habits with lifelong benefits.
For example, stirring, rolling, spreading, measuring are a few kitchen tasks that will allow young children to enhance their fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills along with mental alertness.
- Builds Confidence
Your kitchen can be a place to nourish your child’s confidence, self-esteem, and sense of self-worth.
Yes, you read it right!
Teaching children how to cook renders numerous possibilities to encourage and celebrate their work. Your kids will feel a great sense of pride when they’ll think they’ve successfully prepared a dish for themselves or their family.
- Nurtures Relationships
Cooking is one of those tasks where the entire family can have fun and spend enjoyable time! Try making a routine to cook Sunday lunch together or make it a grand movie plus pizza night. Cooking together brings the family together and creates an emotional bond.
It will be a dose of double happiness – Your kids will get the joy of making a dish and eating it, while you will have lasting memories to treasure forever.
- Creativity in a Nut-shell
Kids can exhibit their creativity through recipe innovation and food presentation. This could be anything from deciding what ingredients to add into a salad to creating altogether a new menu for the family.
For example, you can try getting the whole family in the kitchen with as simple as yet delectable – Cold Sandwiches. This deliciously easy, family-pleasing cold sandwich recipe will have the innovative magic of veggies and the warmth oozing out between you & your kids.
- Promotes Healthy Eating
Every health research shows that people who eat home-cooked meals, regularly, tend to be healthier and happier.
Allowing kids to cook will help them learn which food is healthy and which is not. It will enable them to try new recipes and will also encourage them to eat at home instead of munching out junk food. (wasting money and health!)
A Tip to Remember
Attention, please! Even if everything doesn’t go perfectly in the kitchen (be prepared for that), keep the mood light. For instance, if the egg gets more smashed than cracked, give some guidance and let your kid try again. Taking these baby steps, kids will gain skills for once and slowly master them all.
Most importantly, be sure to compliment your little master chefs on a job well done. Award them with a first taste of whatever you’ve cooked together — and invite them in discussing what you should make together next time.
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As a chore app for kids, we enable teaching your children the value & true worth of money.
It is a fact that most often children do not appreciate the hardships their parents go through in getting everything they want. The idea through this kids’ money app is to teach them about financial security and the pleasure of having achieved something on their own. This is done by teaching them how to budget, spend and save effectively for their goals.
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Here are some tips & recipes that you will love to explore!
Lot of people prefer wood over other options, because of both traditional and practical reasons:
- Wooden Utensils won’t Scratch Your Cookware – they are soft and very gentle in use with the most delicate cooking surfaces.
- Wooden Spoons don’t Conduct Heat – wooden utensils are superior to metal utensils is that they don’t conduct heat. Wood is an Inert Material – wood is non-reactive and won’t leach harmful chemicals into your food.
- Easy to Grip Handles – The wooden spoon handles are gently rounded and feel nice in your hand. And you feel comfortable while using it.
- Design – Another benefit of wooden kitchen tools is that they look fabulously beautiful and elegant.
- Durability – These utensils are very durable, and as long as you take proper care of them, you can expect them to give you long service.
- Germs and Bacteria don’t Like Wood – Research indicates that the wood appears to have natural germ-killing properties. Environmentally Responsible Choice Wood is a natural and renewable resource and more environmentally responsible choice.
Cooking is a wonderful activity for children to do. It is a lot of fun; the children can learn about healthy and nutritious food. Since cooking is an important part of our lives, involving children will make it fulfilling for both parents and children.
For recipes the whole family will love, and your little one will love to make. Click the link to find more about this in the book by Nataly Lawson and Nataly Andrews.