Kids in the Kitchen – an Amazing Skill to Learn!

Activity By Rosslyn Sinclair
enfants contents jouant et souriant dans une cuisine jouant au chefs cuisiniers

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen

Cooking is such an integral part of one’s well being and quality of life. Being more involved in the kitchen is a skill and activity. I regret not partaking more of as a child. Read below to find out why!

Teaching children how to cook at a young age is a valuable life skill that can benefit them in
many ways.

Not only does it encourage healthy eating habits and independence, but it also promotes creativity and fosters family bonding.

Cooking at home is a great way to ensure that children are eating nutritious meals, and teaching them how to prepare their own food can instill healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Children who are involved in the cooking process are more likely to try new foods and make
healthier choices.

They can also learn about portion control and the importance of balanced meals, and how to prepare them.

Learning to cook also promotes independence and self-sufficiency in children. As they learn to cook, children develop important life skills such as following directions, measuring ingredients, and working safely in the kitchen. These skills can help children build confidence and develop a sense of responsibility.

Cooking also encourages creativity and experimentation in children. They can use their imagination to come up with new recipes and flavor combinations. Cooking for a young one can be great as they explore different tastes and textures. There is an entire world to be discovered in the kitchen!

Cooking is also an amazing way to introduce a new language to your family! The kitchen is filled with opportunities to have fun and learn new words and often the words are familiar in different language. Take for example the word CHOCOLATE! In Spanish we say  el Chocolate in French we say Chocolat. I suggest that you pick a country – pick a simple meal- pick a few simple words to learn of the language and let the fun of discovery begin. Use music to enrich the setting.

The importance of doing things together as a family is clear-taking time as a family models expected behavior, and can help family communication with at a whole new level. Family’s in the kitchen together encourages listening, and building trust, confidence, understanding, and respect.

Finally, cooking together as a family can be a great way to bond and create lasting memories.
This strengthens family relationships and provides a sense of belonging for your child and reinforces a connection. Teaching children how to cook at a young age is a valuable life skill, a form of education that is underrated, and something I wish I grew up engaging more in!

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