Cooking has proven to be beneficial for adults and kids alike. It's proven to increase creativity, teamwork, and even math skills. Here are some tips to get your kids in the kitchen.
MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO HELP
It's hard for them to help if they can't see the counter! Get a stool to make it easier for them to get involved. We suggest getting a stool that's height is adjustable to give them the perfect height as they grow like this one.
GET SOME KID-FRIENDLY TOOLS
Of course there are tasks you can assign them that don't involve knives or dangerous tools, although giving them their own tools may get them more inspired and lets them be more involved in the process, especially as they get older. How cute is this junior chef's kit by Wüsthof?! Find it here.
Make them feel the part. Bonus: less laundry! We love these adorable sets that come with a couple handy tools. Find them on Odette Williams
PICK OUT A RECIPE TOGETHER
Get them involved in the menu and let them pick out a recipe they want to make. Better yet, come up with a meal plan for the rest of the week that they want to make together! They'll be more excited for dinner.
TAKE A KIDS COOKING CLASS
There are several classes with The Chef & The Dish perfect for a kids cooking class, including Bento Box with Chef Yoshimi based in Japan, Pasta-making with a chef based in Italy, and Working with Phyllo with Chef Asli Mutlu in Turkey. Best yet, The Chef & The Dish kids cooking classes are a cultural experience too. Find out more here.
FUN MATH HOMEWORK
Although you may not use a scale very often anymore because you're great at eyeballing, using a scale is a great way to get kids using math skills in a fun way. No scale? No worries. Ask the kids to fill tablespoons rather than using larger measuring cups to get them adding!
These cutters turn plain old fruit and veggies into fun shapes and lets them play with their food...in a good way.
Find them here.
THE ULTIMATE SHOW & TELL
Make something together they can take to school and watch how proud they will be to share their creation with friends. If it's your first time bringing homemade food in for the class, just make sure to check with the teacher if there are any dietary restrictions, allergies or rules you should know about prior to bringing up the idea to your little one.
BOTTOMLINE: MAKE IT FUN!
The main thing is to try to make helping out in the kitchen fun. If helping out seems like a chore (we all know how much kids hate chores!) they will be less inclined to help out and can skew their outlook on how fun cooking can actually be!
Have Some Fun in Your Kitchen!
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