Tasty Times

Cook up a storm in your kitchen by involving your little ones. They will learn while they play

12/30/2015 8:01:52 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Popular American restaurateur and television personality, Guy Fieri has rightly said, “Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” 

We lead such fast-paced lives that the tradition of parents taking the time to teach their children basic cooking is vanishing very quickly. And with it, is lost several other important life skills. While this process of including children requires, time, patience and energy, experts say that it is well worth the effort. Susan Moores, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association said, “It's true that kids will be kids - they'll snack on chips at a school party or enjoy ice-cream after a soccer game. But what is most important is how they eat most of the time.” 

Apart from encouraging youngsters to eat healthy, this is a great bonding time between the family that also gives them a sense of achievement.

There are several ways in which you can get them involved:

  • Engage the under-fives in simple activities like buttering a slice of bread, cutting shapes using a cookie cutter, crushing biscuits, kneading and even cutting soft food with a blunt knife. These help them in developing fine motor skills and creativity.
  • For children who are older and able to read, take them out grocery shopping, hand out simple recipes, encourage them to measure ingredients and also get them involved in the final presentation of the dish. Give them confidence to remove items from the refrigerator, handle the microwave and work with sharper objects – but under your supervision.
  • Once they are older and you can trust them with kitchen appliances, allow them to create their own meals and even invite friends over for a party.

 

 

However, its best if you plan ahead, allow plenty of time for the cooking session, expect a mess and be prepared to answer some of the weirdest questions that they might have.

Here are four easy and popular recipes where you can get your children involved. So wear those colourful aprons and get cooking! 

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