We all want our children to develop a healthy relationship with food. Teaching them to make nutritious choices is one part of the equation. Instilling a true enjoyment of cooking will help ensure they know what to do with those ingredients once they leave the home cooked comfort of your kitchen.
Get them started early, using these tips. Just remember, cooking with kids is an adventure filled with lots of messy fun, so expect some extra clean up when you’re finished. One last safety tip—adults should always take care of hot jobs like placing and removing foods from hot ovens and cooking on the stovetop.
- Mix it Up: There’s something about flour that just makes it irresistible to kids. Keep little hands busy by letting them help whisk dry ingredients together. They can even help measuring them, but stick close by for both steps to ensure the flour stays in the bowl and not all over the counter or floor.
- Slice & Dice but safety first. Adults should always take charge of big chopping jobs, but kids can practice safe knife skills using a plastic knife. Letting them cut soft foods like bananas for smoothies, softened butter for cookies, or cutting the crust off bread for their pb&j sandwiches are just a few examples
- Great Eggspectations Kids love cracking eggs, but it’s a skill even some adults have trouble doing properly. Don’t expect them to master it right away. Let kids crack eggs into a separate bowl instead of right into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients, this way you can easily remove any shells that will inevitably find their way in during the learning curve.