Cooking with Kids (Top five Tips)
The smallest of hands can do wonders in the kitchen. It’s great to involve them in the kitchen and different recipes can teach them different things, get those sleeves rolled up for some good cooking fun with your kids.
These are my top 5 tips for cooking with kids:
- CHOOSE A RECIPE THAT IS EASY, QUICK AND ONE THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN
With older children, you can let them read the steps before hand and arrange what will be needed, plan who’s going to do what. With younger children you can just explain what you are making and show related pictures to help them understand the purpose.
- TEACH THEM ABOUT FOOD HYGIENE
Ensure they wash their hands before and give them an APRON to wear, also tell them to wash fruits and vegetables properly before using them. Ask them to use a clean spoon to taste, not fingers or stirring spoons.
- TAKE YOUR TIME
Expect everything to take longer than it usually does, so set aside EXTRA TIME for cooking and be aware, that particularly for young children, the journey is as much fun as the destination!
- BE OK WITH THE MESS
Cooking is a MESSY thing and especially if kids are involved there will be even more. It’s inevitable to clean up afterwards but ultimately you will have more fun if you let the mess happen and then clear it all together.
- MAKE IT FUN
Children will learn to love cooking if you relax and have fun with them in kitchen. Start with basic recipes on weekends. Let them prepare their favourite recipe for their friends and your other guests, remember appreciation is a powerful tool.