Cooking and Baking with Kids: Do’s and Don’ts
When it comes to teaching kids about food, this can start anywhere — from the grocery aisles in the shop to your very own dinner table. But the real fun your kids can have with food happens right alongside you — in the kitchen.
Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts for baking and cooking with kids:
- Choose a good recipe that is simple steps for kids to follow, but is delicious enough to leave them excited to cook and bake again.
- Before you invite your children to join you in the kitchen, talk to them about basic kitchen safety and child-friendly knife skills.
- Make sure you’re properly equipped. Get a steady stool for your children to stand on, colourful aprons to keep their clothes clean, and a few utensils that are small enough to fit well in their hands.
- Supervise your child’s experience in the kitchen.
- Use this time together to talk to your children about the past week at school, the friendships they find valuable, and any troubles they might be having.
- Clean up spills the moment they happen.
- Let your kids pour and stir if they are still too small to handle bigger, more mature tasks.
- Use this time to teach them about the different ingredients and healthy eating habits.
- Allow them to be imaginative.
- Have fun!
- Don’t cringe over the mess.
- Don’t complain about wasted ingredients if your child accidentally messes or makes a mistake.
- Don’t leave dangerous equipment lying around. Ensure that anything sharp is packed away at a height that cannot be reached by your children, and that no appliances such as kettles, blenders, ovens or stoves are used without your full attention and supervision.
- Don’t get too serious, this is meant to be a fun time spent with family.