Does the thought of letting your little one in the kitchen send shudders down your spine? The mess, the danger, the clean-up afterward... The fact is, children love helping their parents in the kitchen, and there are heaps of ways you can get them involved and have fun at the same time. Here are some great tips for making cooking with your kids enjoyable and educational!
From my own experience with pre-schoolers, there was no trouble getting them into the kitchen to cook. In fact, it was sometimes harder to find myself alone in the kitchen to get on with preparing something unaided. Let's face it, most little kids LOVE to cook!
As parents and caregivers, this gives us a wonderful opportunity to encourage our kids to help us in the kitchen. Not only is it creative and fun, it also makes a great contribution to learning -- adding to their development of maths skills, fine motor skills and artistic flair.
Additionally, it provides a way of encouraging healthy eating and positive attitudes towards food. You may even find it helps kids to tackle foods that they normally wouldn't thank you for.
Most importantly, the sense of value, pride in themselves and satisfaction in their end result is priceless. Cooking with your kids has got to be a good thing.
Here are a few tips that may help: