7 Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in the Kitchen
Kids love to get involved in the kitchen. Nevertheless, including the kids in food preparation needs patience, time and extra cleanup, but the return on investment from cooking with kids is extremely huge in terms of short term and long term benefits. Your kids will learn to eat healthy foods and at the same time learn this essential life skill early so they can cook for themselves one day and be a good cook for their own family in the future.
That said, here are some tips to cook with your kids without messing up your kitchen.
- Create a dedicated workspace
The dinner table or an extra counter space away from the stove burners can be used for your kids’ cooking station.
- Start with simple and easy tasks
Allow your little kids to do small tasks like rinsing off vegetables and fruits, cracking eggs and mashing bananas or potatoes. Increase their tasks as they get older like chopping using a rounded knife and a bamboo cutting board.
- Allow them to use simple kitchen tools
If a cooking project is not suitable for little kids, allowing them to use and play with simple mixing bowls, Kitchen Buddies-Large & Small Spatula-Mommy And Me will keep them happy and make them feel involved in the process.
- Create the menu together
Encourage kids to discover and learn new recipes and write their favorite ones on recipe cards for future reference. The more engaged they are in the food prep and cooking, the less likely they’ll complain about it.
- Acknowledge their little effort
Being part of a healthy and delicious family meal gives your kids a sense of pride and self worth, so make sure to praise them for a job well done.
- Let them help with cleanup.
Enlisting kids in the cleanup will make the experience more enjoyable for everybody. Young kids can sweep, throw away trash, and put stuff away in low cupboards.
- Set the dining table together.
Setting the table, folding napkins, choosing which platters to use, garnishing the dishes, etc. will make our kids get more excited and inspired to eat.
Happy cooking! Enjoy eating!