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How to Cook with Kids


 

By Martha Sanders

 

Kids love to get into the kitchen and help mommy and daddy cook dinner. Cooking is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their children. It is important that you create a kid-friendly cooking environment to ensure fun and safety in the kitchen. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you cook with kids.

 

Choosing the recipe:
There are many great cookbooks available today for children. My kids tend to gravitate towards books that have nice illustrations so that they can compare their finished creations.

 

To avoid frustrations and disappointed, it is vital to choose a kids recipe not too complicated and suitable for your kid's age. Kids are likely to continue cooking after they have tasted the sweet fruit of success.

 

 

 

Before cooking:
Get everyone to wash their hands with warm soapy water; girls should tie up long hair and ideally, every kid should have his own apron. Or, get them to put on any old T shirt.

 

Gather all utensils and ingredients you need on the table. Get your kids to read the recipe aloud beforehand and make sure you introduce the items by pointing them out one by one to your kids. This will enable them to follow the recipe smoothly and prevent any messing around looking for equipment and ingredients.

 

Make good use of this opportunity to talk about nutrition and explain why these foods are good for them.

 

 

 

Cooking:
Young kids can learn to mix and stir, tear and break ingredients into smaller pieces. Make it a point to demonstrate various cooking terms and methods like mushing, kneading and rolling.

 

Older kids can start learning cutting skills with knives and kitchen scissors. You have to gauge for yourself the maturity of your kids before letting them get close to sharp objects or near heat sources such as stoves and ovens.

Do not shout or scold your kid if he is not doing things correctly. Instead, let him be independent and only offer to help when he cannot manage on his own.

 

If you have more than two kids in the kitchen, remember to allow each kid their chance to participate.



 

Cleaning:
Always have a damp cloth or paper towel handy to wipe any spills immediately. After cooking, assign appropriate cleaning tasks to your kid to instill the importance of responsibility.



Cooking with kids is a fun and creative activity. Once you see that your kids are more confident and ready, why not let them explore the exciting world of baking?

 


 

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