Teaching Kids to Cook

At Cook N Grow, we think it’s important for everyone to know how to cook, including kids! Teaching kids how to cook is a great way to set them up for a lifetime of good eating and nutrition habits. Best of all, kids love to help in the kitchen! It’s not something that you’ll have to force them to do, like brushing their teeth or combing their hair. Here are 5 tips to help you get starting on the right foot. Visit site
#1 Don’t Take It Too Seriously
You’ll want to keep the atmosphere in your kitchen light when you begin teaching your child how to cook. Don’t use this time to prepare a full meal or to prepare something that needs to be prepared by a specific deadline, like a bake sale item. Start with something fun and simple, like a fruit salad.
#2 Compromise
This is supposed to be a fun experience for your child, so let them choose the first item that you’ll cook together. If they want cake, let them make (and eat!) cake. Be sure to let your child know that you will be taking turns deciding what to cook so they don’t expect sugary treats every time.
#3 Teach New Vocabulary
At Cook N Grow, we encourage parents to use appropriate cooking vocabulary with their children. While you don’t want to overwhelm your child with new words, you can take this time to begin introducing new words at a pace that’s appropriate for your child.
#4 Allow Kids to Help  
Cooking lessons should be thoroughly interactive, which can be tough if you like to be in control and maintain a clean kitchen. Cook N Grow knows that the best learning experience involve kids getting their hands dirty, so let them!
#5 Remember the Goal
When you’re cooking with your child, the goal isn’t to turn out a gourmet meal. The goal is to spend some interactive time with you child, learning skills that will boost their confidence and foster a spirit of independence.
Keep these 5 tips in mind and you and your child will be cooking up a storm in no time!