I have some great memories of baking with my mom, those recipes are still my favorite to make, and of course to eat. I want my kids to feel more comfortable in the kitchen, not only baking, but cooking too. Getting your kids in the kitchen is important for many reasons, such as healthy food habits.
There are a lot of great things that happen when you get your kids in the kitchen cooking and baking. They are learning an important life skill just in the cooking and baking. They are also learning about healthy food choices. And if you take them shopping for the ingredients about budgeting.
Getting Your Kids in the Kitchen
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My first and most important tip would be to make sure you and your kids go over the rules of being in the kitchen.
Wash your hands, with soap! My kids like to wash super fast to get the job done and get back to cooking/baking. We end up having a discussion on germs. Use all opportunities to teach your kids.
Make sure to listen to the grown up in charge. With sharp knifes, and hot stove burners and an oven, there can be a lot of ways to get hurt.
Listen to what you are being told. Pay attention when you are using knifes, to working with or nor a hot stove.
There is no such thing as a stupid question, so encourage your kids to ask anything they want. Not only is this the perfect time for them to learn but for them to remember that they can always ask you anything you want.
When you are looking for recipes don’t discount those recipes that use an oven or stove burners. Just teach them to be careful, or have them do something else while you are doing that part. An example would be making cookies.
There are a lot of cookbooks out there are geared towards children, both those that require no heat (oven/stove) use to those easier recipes that do require them.
These are our favorite cookbooks (of course we have a Berenstain Bear one):