How To Get Your Kids Involved In The Kitchen
Are you looking for how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Then you came to the right place! We offer tips and tricks on how to get your kids interested in helping out around the kitchen.
Do you love to cook? Think back to the first time that you were cooking in the kitchen. Do you remember who you were with? What recipe were you making? This may be easy enough to answer for many people.
Personally, the meal was simple: hamburgers along with macaroni and cheese. Today, this is still a meal that brings along those fond memories. And it is one that every child should have…the memory of the first meal they helped prepare with their parents or grandparents.
Unfortunately, cooking is sometimes viewed by many as a chore or task that needs to be done. However, for others, cooking is a passion!
For families, cooking can be a great way to interact with one another, spend some quality time together, and simply enjoy one another’s company.
You don’t have to wait until everyone is old enough to be in the kitchen, kids can help out in the kitchen in their own way too.
Actually, many parents and grandparents find that when they put their kids and grandkids into the kitchen at an early age, they are creating lifelong memories, and also helping kids to learn some life lessons.
The question that most parents/guardians/grandparents have is how do they get their kids to be interested in helping out in the kitchen? How do you get your kids to want to help rather than making it seem like a chore? Here are some tips that may help.
What Age is it Best to Start Helping out in the Kitchen?
At what age can you start getting kids in the kitchen? This can be done at a very young age, you simply have to find certain tasks that are going to be age suitable.
Here are a few suggestions:
– Putting groceries away can be done by kids as young as 2 years of age.
– Kids that are 3 or 4 may not be able to chop veggies for you, but they can certainly rinse and dry them (and what kid doesn’t like splashing in the water, even if it is in the kitchen sink?)
– Kids of any age can help with the cleanup, as kids need to be taught that preparing food comes with cleanup duty!
– Measuring ingredients can be done by kids who are in school learning their numbers. This is a great way to reinforce the math concepts they are learning in school.
– While younger kids may not be able to stand over the stove or pull pans out of the hot oven, they can help to set the table for the meal that they had a hand in preparing.
The key here is to know what your child is capable of and let them help in any way that is possible. No age is too young, as there is always something to do in the kitchen!
Make it Fun and Educational
While kids may only be interested in helping you because they think it is fun, make sure that you are taking the time to make this an educational experience as well. Kids cooking in the kitchen can be a great experience and help with certain educational needs.
– Younger kids can practice colors with the different foods that are being used
– Kids can learn about textures and shapes while dealing with different foods
– Older kids can practice their measuring skills
Look at cooking at though this is a science and math class for kids. While you are getting dinner prepared for everyone in the home, kids are seeing the various components that go into making this happen.
10 Tips to Get Kids Excited About Cooking in the Kitchen
While you now know that kids of any age can be helpful in the kitchen, and just how educational this can be, the key now is: how do you get your kids excited to do this rather than making this feel like a punishment or chore?
Here are a few tips to get your kids started:
1. Involve them in the shopping process first, so this creates a spark of interest in how these products are going to be made into their dinner.
2. Start with small tasks to help build up their confidence in the kitchen.
3. Let your child pick the meal once per week, this is going to make them even more excited about getting into the kitchen and helping out with the cooking process.
4. Make this a time for conversation as well as cooking. This is where you are going to get the best bonding experience. Let the kids talk about their day at school. For older kids and teens, let them talk about their problems, classes or friendships.
5. Don’t panic over the mess! If you panic, your kids are going to remember how you panicked and will avoid helping again.
Remember, when kids are involved, even if you are talking about teens, there may be a little extra mess, but the memories you develop with your kids can be well worth it.
6. Avoid even more frustration by putting younger kids into clothes that you are fine with getting dirty. Consider an apron for older kids to keep their clothes clean.
7. Make each cooking experience one that is a learning experience. Teach younger kids the importance of washing their hands, washing food surfaces, etc. Older kids can be taught more about cooking speed, heat to use, what to mix first, etc.
8. Start slowly with what you get your kids to do, especially younger children, and then build your way up once they get used to working in the kitchen.
9. Give supervision when needed, especially when letting kids chop veggies for the first time or being around a hot oven.
10. Only allow your kids in the kitchen when you have the time to devote to the learning process. You don’t want to rush this process. In situations in which you may be bringing the first dish to a dinner meal in a hurry, do this on your own rather than getting your kids to help you.
A big part of getting your kids involved in the kitchen is finding recipes that they are going to love making.
Take some time, buy a few recipe books, or even look online to find new recipes that your kids are going to love to make and try. This is a great way to encourage kids to eat healthier as well!
For those parents and grandparents who are looking to get their kids involved in the kitchen, you will find it is easier than what you thought.
Especially if you have a kitchen design that allows for numerous people to be in the kitchen and cooking at once. Keep these tips in mind, find a great recipe and just enjoy your time together!
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