The kitchen is a wondrous place for young children, but do they know all that goes on in there? They see adults using all kinds of different tools, smell new and familiar ingredients, and hear the sounds of the oven timer beeping or the sauté pan sizzling. Children of all ages are intrigued to know how meals come together so why not invite them to kitchen to help!
There are so many advantages to allowing children to participate in the kitchen. Kids can discover new foods, learn about nutrition, and improve math and reading skills as they measure and read directions. Also, cooking with your child reinforces feelings of responsibility and being an important member of the team (teamwork makes the dream work!), which forms memories to last a lifetime and strengthens the bond you share. Above all, you are enjoying quality time working together!
So…. How do you get kids more involved? Here are our tips for a successful and tasty time together in the kitchen:
When all is done be sure to compliment the chef on a job well done! Then you have the pleasure of sitting down at the table together to enjoy what you've prepared!
The Monkey Mat Mamas and CJ