Do your kids love to cook? Is making dinner a family affair in your house?
It’s so easy as a parent to view cooking as a grown-up only activity – maybe it’s even a blissful, quiet retreat from the chaos of your kid-filled days. You know, a little time to yourself while they make a mess somewhere else in the house. 🤣
Cooking is a fantastic activity for kids though! It not only teaches them how to prepare food, but it encourages the use of math skills (ever doubled a recipe?), reading skills, personal responsibility, proper hygiene (fingers crossed on this one!), and it reinforces mealtime as a social activity.
Time around the dinner table along with time around the kitchen counter are the perfect opportunities to talk about your day, your thoughts on life, or to just have FUN together!
Plus, kids are often much more inclined to eat the food they help prepare, so if you’re waging a war on veggies in your house, this may be just the ticket for your little one to finally eat that broccoli. 🥦
What are some ways your kids can help in the kitchen?
However, your kids help in the kitchen, remember that learning and spending time together are the most important things. If the pizza is a funky shape or the table isn’t set quite right, no one will care, but they will remember the memories (and food!) you made together!