Cooking and Baking with Kids: Do's and Don'ts

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:

Do’s

  • 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’ts

  • 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.