Cooking with your kids

Cooking with Kids

I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites today: Kids Cooking Activities.

Cooking with kids

Me with my own little chef!

You know that teaching kids to cook is a subject near and dear to our hearts, and the focus of our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, so it’s no surprise that I love this website, which is packed with great information, resources, and activities that help teach kids that cooking can be fun!

Here are 10 reasons, from Kid’s Cooking Activities, why you should do cooking activities with your children.

Learning to cook helps children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. They are growing up with fast food and junk food at their fingertips, which is part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help instill skills to last them a lifetime.

Boost their self esteem. If your child needs a boost of self confidence, (and who doesn’t!) cooking in the kitchen will do just that. They are accomplishing a task, learning something important and contributing to the family.

Create family time and bonding. Take time to cook with your children and they will have memories that they, in turn, can pass on to their families. It may take a longer time to get the meal or snack done but the moments with your children will be priceless. (Just remember to have patience. Don’t worry about flour on the floor or spilled milk).

Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves, but they will be more likely to eat whatever they had a hand in making.

Read the rest of this list, and check out tons of great activities on the Kids Cooking Activities site, and be sure to join their club to receive 20 free “Kids Cooking Recipes Cards!”

And remember, make it fun!

Chef Perry

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