Make kitchen a fun place for children
Awaken your child’s cooking skills. The kitchen is a school. Eating is one of the great pleasures of life. Good eating brings joy to a family and friends meeting, protects health, and can create a fun time for children in the kitchen. A balanced diet, with simple recipes, lifts the mood; and allowing children to enjoy cooking is a good way to teach them skills and to spend time with them.
When you cook with the children, do not forget to follow some tips so they can savor traditional recipes and have fun cooking with mom or dad:
1- Choose easy recipes and easy to prepare. Nowadays there are no alternatives in this regard. You can easily find magazines and books with appropriate recipes for the little ones. Very elaborate recipes can bore and discourage the little ones. In “Cooking with children” we have a few recipes specially indicated for children.
2- Invite your child to do the shopping. It is important to involve the little ones in everything from making the shopping list to helping in the preparation of the recipes. It is important that in the supermarket, let the children touch, feel and taste the fruits and vegetables so that they learn what they know. In some supermarkets there are some samples of products.
3- Let the children be in the kitchen. For many adults, the simple idea of sharing the kitchen with the little helpers is cause for anxiety. When they arrive at the kitchen, the first thing they do is take the children out of there, as if it were the most dangerous place in the house. They usually send them to play or watch TV. Children can be in the kitchen, from when they are with an adult who will keep an eye on them.
4- Specify the tasks of your child, before beginning to prepare a recipe. Each person must have a responsibility. Let your child do the tasks that do not present any risk to him. Example: Mix, stir, beat, decorate, beat the whites, put the milk, toss the tomato, coat the meat, etc.
5- Teach the child to eat healthy. If he teaches him to eat healthy and homemade food since he is little, he will maintain the habit when he is older. Explain that it contains each ingredient and why each is important in the recipe.
6- Never say “NO” to your child. Let him taste, touch, stain, and smell different and varied flavors. Do not be afraid to let your child break an egg, for example, and do not let him spill or smear with flour or milk. Supervise your work, but do not demand too much. The practice will teach you to be more careful.
7- When your future chef wants to prepare a recipe alone, do not be discouraged. Let him take over with a recipe he can make himself.
Remember that parents are the best teachers of their children. Teaching children how to do something takes time, but it’s worth it when you see the pride and skill they acquired.
Children will also learn to plan, to decide, to value, to measure and weigh (a mathematical ability), to take responsibility, to give more value to safety and cleanliness, and at the same time , to share an activity with your family.