Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Often parents do not want to involve children in cooking activities. But cooking can be a way to teach many things to children, such as color, flavor, and effects of adding spices such as garlic or onion. It's also a good way of communicating with children.
Children often pay attention to their parents' example, including activities in the kitchen. So, many of them are quite interested in cooking. Even simply guiding them as they cook will teach them independence as well.
Here are some tips for teaching cooking to children:
You can also take cooking lessons with your children if you don't want to do it at home.
- Teach them to use basic kitchen equipment, such as knives, spatulas, bowl, spoon, and others. Show them how to use the more complex tools before allowing them use it on their own.
- Show them where the kitchen tools belong and remind them to return the items they had used to their proper place.
- Began to give small tasks to them, such as stirring food in a pan, breaking an egg or to adding spices.
- Use simple recipes that they can do easily with minimal supervision. There are many cook books for kids that you can use.
- Let them choose a few recipes that they like, according to the foods they prefer. This will make them more excited to cook.
- Do not scold them when they make mistakes.
- Talk to your children about the menu. Let them taste it, discuss its taste, texture and ingredients.
- For teens, ask them to help with more complicated recipes.
Do you cook with your kids? What tips would you give to someone trying it for the first time? What are some of your favorite things to cook with your kids?