Why Cook with Kids?

You would be surprised how many people do not value teaching kids to cook. I spent many of years convincing my then supervisors to give me funding to teach kids with obesity how to cook. To me, it is common sense. But, so many people think either kids can’t cook, it won’t help, or that it is dangerous. Myth! There are so many benefits to teaching kids (or for that matter adults who have never learned), how to cook.

COOKING IS A LIFE SKILL

Cooking lessons are just as important as the swim lessons that

we are so eager to sign our children up for 

Benefits:

  • Math skills (counting, measuring, sequence)
  • Language skills (reading recipes, new words)
  • Listening skills
  • Playful palate (if they play with food, they just might eat it)
  • Confidence builder
  • Sensory satisfier (touch, smell, see, hear, and taste)
  • Health conscious (knowing what is in food, where food comes from, what combinations work well together, how to eat it)

Tay making soup

How kids can help:

  • menu planning
  • grocery shopping
  • add ingredients
  • mix
  • wash fruits/veggies
  • assemble (e.g., pizza, casserole)

 

 

Check out these awesome sites for more info:

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/cooking-preschool.html

http://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/e-family-news/2011-batter-up-cooking-with-children/