Onto my post for the day. So often I read or hear people say how they don't let their kids cook with them. I think that's a shame. It's such a fun activity and a great learning tool.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Having kids help will result in a messy kitchen, but don't you make a "mess" when you cook or bake.
- It probably will take more time, but remember you are making memories with your children.
- If you prep a few thing or line up ingredients it goes a little smoother.
- Don't get upset if the cup of flour ends up on the floor -- be prepared that this will happen.
- Have a plan before you start.
- Smile and laugh together.
- Take pictures.
- Enjoy it together and share with others. Kids love to take credit for their hard work.
- Explain the importance of adult supervision for stove and oven cooking.
- Role model proper cooking and baking techniques (ie no licking fingers while stirring batter or using sleeves as oven mitts).
- Be sure to let children lick the spoon or bowl if no raw egg is used.
- Be careful when cooking with raw meat and children.
What kid's learn:
- Different measurements
- How to work together
- How to follow directions
- To enjoy something they made
- Different ingredients and how they work together
- Nutrition information
- How to clean up or do dishes (this is for older kids)
Less than 5 ingredients
- Rice Krispies Treats (dairy-free)
- Cinnamon Sugar Bread Crusts
- Puppy Chow (dairy-free)
- Chocolate Crunchies
- Trail Mix
More than 5 ingredients