Date posted: January 10, 2018
Cooking with children is a family activity that can help children learn about healthy eating. It also provides opportunities for children to develop literacy skills, including learning about number and measurement, colour, taste, texture, changes in state, and a lot of new words.
Seven tips for cooking with children:
- Adults should always be supervising.
- Cook together when you aren’t rushed.
- Wash hands before beginning.
- Wear easy to clean clothing.
- Review the steps before starting.
- Use child-friendly utensils.
- Match the task to the child’s ability.
What can you expect children at different ages to do in the kitchen? Here are some ideas.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in the sink
- Add items to dishes
- Help find ingredients
- Put paper cups into muffin tins
- Mash sweet potatoes, carrots or bananas
- Stir ingredients
- Slice soft fruit, soft cooked vegetables, or tofu with a plastic knife
- Measure dry ingredients, pour and measure liquid ingredients from a small container
- Crack and beat an egg
- Tear salad greens and toss a salad
Looking for ideas on cooking with your family? Visit The Kids Cook Monday! website.