It is important to teach your children the importance of using the kitchen and cooking, it helps them to understand the value of food and the effort that goes into making a good meal. It will also help bring you closer to your child as you will be able to communicate with them better and teach them the essentials of good cooking. Asking your kid to help out in the kitchen will help them feel like a part of the family and will also boost their self-esteem and be a small lesson in responsibility. As long as you teach your young one about the safety and hygiene one should follow in the kitchen, it can be oodles of fun to have your kid help you out with cooking for the family. Teaching your child cooking will also give you an opportunity to explain what a healthy diet consists of and of the issues that crop up with excess intake of junk food.
Managing Children In The Kitchen
Inviting Kids To The Kitchen
When you invite your kids into the kitchen remember that they have only watched you cook before, so be forgiving when they make a mistake and make them feel that they are helping out with the cooking and work in the kitchen.
You can start by assigning simple chores to your kids, assign them to simple tasks like washing and cutting vegetables, buttering pieces of bread, or beating eggs in a bowl and advice them to be careful when using sharp objects.
If you have more than one little one, assign each one of them a task according to his/her capabilities and age. However, make sure that they take it as fun and not as task. Tell them how to do the task and let them have their own way while they do it. Hovering over them will only end all the fun for them and they would get disinterested from the whole business of getting into the kitchen.
The best way to teach kids to start on a recipe would be to show them how you go about preparing a particular dish and to keep them interested you could assign them to help with various processes before you actually start cooking or baking the particular dish.
Recipes And Helping Out
You could involve your child in the process of cooking in the kitchen by asking him or her to read to you from a cookbook if you are trying a new dish out and ask your child to do the simpler things like stirring liquids, peeling bananas, mixing ingredients, opening packages, measuring ingredients, setting the table, etc.
Safety And Hygiene
Teach your children the importance of hygiene in the kitchen; ask them to wash hands before they start cooking or handling food items and the use of an apron. Advise them on being careful with sharp objects like knives, grinder blades, hot vessels, and on the proper use of the oven and stoves.