Although bringing your kids into the kitchen to help you cook is extremely rewarding, it is not without its challenges. Messes will be made, things may get broken, and mistakes happen. When cooking with Curious Chef, we want your experience to be a great one, so we offer tips for cooking with kids that will help to make your time in the kitchen with your young chef as enjoyable and successful as possible.
Cooking should be fun, not a chore. Embrace the experience with a spirit of adventure and a joy for learning. Kids and parents cooking together in the kitchen is a great quality time to unwind, bond, and learn new things. One of the most important tips for cooking with kids is to not take it too seriously. Keeping things fun and lighthearted will be the best way to keep them engaged. It’s all about the journey, not the destination, so have fun, relax, and enjoy every step along the way.
Be Supportive Without Taking Over
Kids can and will rise to meet any appropriate challenge – if we let them! There are many benefits of learning cooking that play into many other developmental areas for kids. Unless it’s a matter of your child’s safety, try to offer help only when asked for it. Kids learn by doing, and the more they do, the more they learn and take pride in their accomplishments.
View Mistakes as Opportunities to Learn
Things are bound to go wrong once in a while, but that’s just part of the learning process. When mistakes happen, try to view them as opportunities to learn and improve so they can do better the next time.
Clean As You Go
To keep after-meal clean up to a minimum, prepare some soapy dishwater before you start cooking. When you’re waiting for things to heat up or cool down, use this time to wash a few dishes and there will be little left to do when you’re done cooking.
Reflect on the Learning Experience
Talking about an experience is a great way to learn more from it. Discuss what went right and laugh about what went wrong. Talk about what you might do differently next time and reflect on all the positive things that came out of the experience.
For even more parent tips, check out the Cooking with Curious Chef kids’ cookbook – complete with detailed step-by-step recipes with picture directions, cooking related activities, games, puzzles and more!