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Children enjoy baking with their parents, especially when parents are baking the good stuff; brownies, cakes, cookies, pies, etc. yet what happens when it’s time to cook? The kitchen is usually cleared. Many parents don’t bother teaching their young children how to cook, they usually wait until they are in high school and have to be self-sufficient. Yet, teaching the basics of cooking at an earlier age will not only help to make the teaching time run smoother, it will also help children gain other skills that you never thought cooking could do.
The first thing you’ll want to teach your children, of any age, about cooking is the safety of handling raw foods. Have them keep the following rules enforced while they are in the kitchen:
These safety precautions should inform your child of the dangers of cooking in the kitchen, not to scare them but to make them aware of the things that can be harmful to themselves and other family members if the rules are not followed properly.
Although preschoolers cannot read the recipes you can help them with the basic math measurement concepts by reading to them the measurements needed for a certain ingredient and showing them the measurement on the measuring cup. “We need two cups of milk; here is where the two cup line is. So we will have to fill this cup up to here on the measuring glass.”
Allow your children to pour and stir. Throughout the cooking process, you can pick them up to show them how the stove makes the food boil and cook.
For children who know how to read having them read the ingredients and the instructions are a great way to get them to understand the basic concept of using ingredients and instructions to create a masterpiece. Sometimes to help them understand the use of seasonings you can give them a taste of the food before the seasoning and then after.
Find Kid Friendly recipes that you can cook together:
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