Whether you’re hosting the family meal, or bringing a dish for the New Year’s Eve potluck, get the kids to help out. Because getting them involved in the kitchen is a great way to help them build healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime, plus appreciate what you’ve cooked. Here’s how to get started.
Let Them Make Decisions
We all know kids love getting their way, so by letting them decide what’s being cooked, they’re more likely to feel enthusiastic about it. For a start, ask them to suggest a couple of dishes, or plan the menu of the party. That’ll make them feel in-charge.
Give Them Something To Do
Kids are more productive when they feel responsible for something. Give them specific tasks to complete and congratulate them as they go. From rinsing the vegetables to mixing ingredients in a bowl together – pick tasks that are age-appropriate, and won’t risk breaking anything. The sense of accomplishment will only add to their experience.
Start Small And Make Your Food Fun
Respect your child’s limitations and realise that they’re more likely to enjoy cooking pancakes than a béchamel sauce. Go all out when it comes to decorating your food. Apart from pancakes, you can also try making pizza, cupcakes, salad and even easy desserts with your child.
Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk
Yes we know – it can be hard not to fly into a rage and kick them out of the kitchen when they spill or break something. But, try not to get mad. It’s all part of the fun and the learning process. Be prepared for mishaps. However, through this, you can also teach them the importance of keeping their surroundings clean especially when in the kitchen.
Teach Them The Steps
Keep the kids engaged with what they’re doing by explaining the steps as they go. Not only will it keep them interested for longer but teaches them something new. Make it extra fun by quizzing them about the steps – this way, it keeps them engaged longer and they will remember the steps better.