Cooking With Kids

Everybody needs to know how to cook. So, starting when your children are young only makes sense from a practical standpoint. But, cooking with kids can help reinforce many other areas of their education as well.

Cooking With Kids

Cooking Develops Skills

Cooking with kids can help kids understand science. Consider, for example, the effects of baking powder on baked goods. The dry acid in the baking powder reacts to the liquid you add to the recipe. This causes the production of carbon dioxide bubbles, which cause your cake to rise.

Cooking is also a great way to teach math and measurement skills. Your kids will easily learn measurement equivalents and how to divide and double measurements very quickly just by bringing recipes to life.

Cooking with kids also helps them to see real life application in the work they’re doing at school. Kids are much more motivated to learn to do something when they actually see how they’ll use it in real life.

Getting Kids Interested

The key to teaching your kids to cook is making them look forward to cooking sessions. This is easier with some children than with others. But, there are some tips to help you motivate your kids to get into the kitchen.

Cooking What Kids Like1. Cook the things they love. It’s a lot easier to get kids excited about making chocolate chip cookies than a spinach souffl√©.

2. Keep it simple. Start with recipes that can be completed in about 30 minutes. As your kids develop more interest in cooking, they’ll be ready for longer sessions. But, in the beginning they’ll appreciate being able to see something completed in a short amount of time.

3. Make sure that they can do a lot of the work. Your kids are less likely to stay interested in cooking if they’re relegated to measuring flour and stirring. Choose recipes that are kid friendly enough that your kids can almost make them on their own. Some of the best recipes for cooking with kids, for example, are those that actually require no real cooking at all. When you eliminate the stove or oven from the equation, you’ll find that your kids can do most of the work.

4. Show enthusiasm. If you want your kids to love to cook, it’s important that you show enthusiasm for it, too. Try experimenting with new recipes and techniques, with and without your kids. Your passion is sure to spill over.

Kids CookingCooking with kids is fun and rewarding. It’s a great way to spend time together and to teach your kids valuable skills. It’s also a great way to ensure that in a few years, you won’t be stuck cooking dinner yourself every night!

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