There are so many wonderful reasons to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Not only are kids that involved in cooking more likely to eat healthier foods but they’ll be able to cook for themselves when they get older. The last thing you want is for your kids to move out and live on fast food or frozen dinners. Let’s take a look at how to get your kids involved in the kitchen.
Get started ASAP
There’s always something kids can do in the kitchen. Small kids can help stir, elementary school kids can read recipes and measure ingredients, and middle school children can start working on their knife skills. The earlier you get your kids in the kitchen, the better.
Do Something Fun
Kids love cupcakes, cookies, pizzas, etc. Instead of just buying these items, why not make them together? You can teach kids how to measure the ingredients properly when baking and why certain ingredients are used. Kids can have fun decorating the baked goods. They can also have fun trying a different kind of pizza toppings.
Borrow Cookbooks from the Library
Visit your local library and find cookbooks made for kids. These cookbooks are not only fun for kids but are packed with kid-friendly recipes. Let your kids look through the cookbooks and choose something to make. Better yet, sit down together and create a menu plan based on the recipes in the cookbook. Your kids will look forward to coming home from school to help you make dinner.
Take a cooking class together
If you’re still lost on where to start, take a cooking class with your kids. There are many that are designed for kids and you’ll get tips on how to create a fun experience at home. You can usually find classes at community centers. Of course, you can also find classes online. Some are free and some can be a bit pricey. You just need to research what’s available for the age range of your kids. Also, don’t forget about free videos available on youtube.
If you want your kids to be able to cook and bake, you need to get them in the kitchen with you. In some cases, this is super easy to do. Some kids are just waiting for you to ask. Remember that kids are never too small to be involved. Small kids can stir, gather ingredients, or just watch. When your kids are exposed to cooking and baking at an early age, they are much more likely to want to be involved in the kitchen throughout their lives.