This is a special series of blogs on Food & Your Children, written by my wife, Donna Samuelson.
Children naturally love learning. As soon as your child is old enough to hold a spoon you can include him in your adventures in the kitchen. Including kids in the kitchen helps them learn many important aspects of science, as well as an appreciation for the hard work that goes into making a meal. Children like being involved in what their parents are doing, and a great way to spend time together is in the kitchen. Here are some tips on including kids in your cooking:
- Encourage older children to help measure the ingredients and read the recipe
- Younger children can help by stirring, scooping and spreading.
- Explain what you are doing and why- this helps build vocabulary and your child will have a better grasp of cause and effect
- Even infants can help in the kitchen! They love to explore new textures. While you are baking a cake have your baby (in an outfit that you don’t mind getting messy) sit in his high chair and let him explore the texture of flour and water mixed together.
- Teenagers can help plan meals for the family and assist in preparing them. This allows them to have some responsibility while making something they like to eat
Family traditions and memories commonly revolve around food and the kitchen, what better way to start these things than to cook with your child!!