In our family, our kids often cook with us. From toddler stage, they pull up a chair to the counter and help with the food preparation. The older kids have learned how to make some dishes on their own.
I know cooking with kids can seem overwhelming at first. If you set yourself in the role of managing and supervising rather than being a cook, the experience will go more smoothly. Start with having one kid help at a time. Working one-on-one allows you to successfully teach important safety rules and basic kitchen hygiene. It’s easy to answer questions, and easier to monitor a kid working at the stove or with a sharp knife.
This summer, I’ve been making one recipe each week with the kids along with having them help me in the kitchen. Making the strawberry slushie recipe from Honest Pretzels turned out to be a different learning experience because we weren’t able to follow the recipe exactly. My 8 year old son learned that there’s the recipe, and then there’s what you do if you don’t have everything the recipe calls for.
Other Cooking with Kids posts
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Tasty Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Traditional Foods Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Kids in the Kitchen, Foodie Friday, Comfy in the Kitchen, Food on Friday, Live Laugh, Weekly Kids Coop, #kidsinthekitchen