Top 10 tips for cooking with kids
Most kids love to cook, it's hands on, it's messy and there's plenty of room for creativity, not to mention a sense of achievement at the end. Teach your kids this life skill and you really will set them up for life, combine it with making their meal and you've set them up for the day too. Here are ten tips that'll help you and your kids enjoy cooking together:
1/ Take your time - expect everything to take longer than it usually would so set aside extra time for cooking and be aware, that particularly for younger children, the journey is as much fun as the destination!
2/ Expect a lot of mess - cooking is a messy business and when kids are involved there'll be even more. Exercise a bit of damage control by putting a plastic tablecloth down on the floor or a tray underneath their work station but ultimately youâll all have more fun if you just let the mess happen and then clear up together at the end.
3/ Plan ahead - select an appropriate recipe, one that they'll enjoy and that involves plenty of activities that are suitable for their age. Make sure you have all the ingredients and equipment at the ready. If necessary, do some preparation, before you ask them to join you. Baking is fun but if you need to get the evening meal ready, think about how they might help you to do that.
4/ Get them ready - put them in clothes you don't mind getting dirty (!), put an apron on and tie back long hair.
5/ Teach children about food hygiene - ensure they wash their hands beforehand and in between touching raw and cooked or ready-to-eat foods.