If you think back to your childhood memories you probably have one or two good ones of you and your mother or grandmother in the kitchen cooking. Allowing your children to join you in the kitchen to cook family dinner is a great way to start building memorable moments that your child will grow to cherish later in life. On top of making wonderful memories cooking has a lot of lessons for your child.
Cooking with Your Kids is Educational and Inspirational:
Cooking With Kids Teaches Safety
Working side by side with your child will help them become aware of possible and potential kitchen dangers. Cooking with them at a younger age can insure that possible kitchen dangers can be prevented in the future. Teach them about using sharp knives, using fire, turning on gas and hot ovens.
Cooking With Kids Teaches Math
Having your child follow a cooking recipe is a great way for your child to practice their math without it being a boring homework assignment. Recipes have all sorts of fractions and measurements to learn. Sometimes you need to cut the recipe in half or even double it, all sorts of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing is used.
Cooking With Your Kids Teaches Them To Follow Direction
Guiding your kids and having them follow a recipe is a wonderful lesson in paying attention and following directions. Children are full of energy and constantly struggling with focusing when it is time to focus. This is a great way to practice and listen to the task at hand.
Cooking With Kids Teaches Appreciation of Food
No one likes a picky eater. If you don’t teach your kids to be open to new foods, that is a trait that they will carry them through life. Start your children young in helping you prepare meals, especially dinner. Dinner is a great meal because it typically entails a more rounded dish as well as more time to prepare it. Allow your child to help cook the meal and taste it as you go along. They are more susceptible to liking it if they know it was something they had fun doing.
So head to the kitchen with your child and grab them a stool. Start your child off small and allow them to work their way up to bigger responsibilities in the kitchen. Not only will cooking with your kids be teaching great lessons but you will also make memories that will last a lifetime. Have fun and happy cooking!
Guest post by Jenny Ellis, who is a freelance writer, and a regular contributor for aupair jobs.