Some of my oldest and fondest memories of my childhood involve cooking and baking with my mom and gran and enjoying the tasty things we made. Cooking with your little ones is a great way to get them interested in trying healthy foods they may normally turn their noses up at. They also learn useful skills that will stand them in good stead as they get older.
Ideas to involve younger children in the kitchen:
- Pick out at least one new fruit or vegetable to try, when shopping.
- Wash fruits and vegetables
- Rinse canned beans
- Fold napkins
- Add pre-measured ingredients to recipes
- Stir ingredients
- Mash potatoes
- Spread, stuff, assemble or layer ingredients in a pan before baking
- Cut out items using a plastic cookie cutter
- Wrap foil around food
- Crumble cheese
Ideas to involve older children:
- Peel and slice carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, etc.
- Measure dried pasta, beans, vegetables, etc.
- Set the table
- Pour batter onto the pan
- Flip pancakes
- Form meatballs, fish cakes or burger patties
- Coat chicken strips in egg and cerealcoating
- Clean counter-top surfaces and utensils.
- Slice tomatoes
- Thread food onto skewers
- Read the recipe
- Make a side dish
- Make his or her own meal
Note: It is up to parents to determine what tasks their children can handle
I hope you have lots of (messy) fun cooking with your little one’s!