6 ways to thrive in the kitchen with the kids

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by Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she traded her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters, cloth diapers and a laptop, serving as editor at Simple Bites.

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All photos are by Aimee.

I‘m sure I’m not the first mother to discover that children aren’t always happy playing on their own while mama does the cooking; usually they want to be right where the action is. Yep, right under your feet.

The good news is that by welcoming the little ones into the kitchen to cook and bake with you (instead of banishing them to the basement or TV room), you will be contributing immensely to their development.

Cooking with your children may not always be a piece of cake, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. They can learn practical skills, such as counting and measuring, along with social skills like following instructions and patience – all while fostering creativity.

I don’t have to tell you the advantages of this one-on-on nurturing time together – just think back to cooking with your mom or grandmother, and how special that felt.

I’m predicting that my son is going to make his future wife superbly happy, because he’ll know his way expertly around the kitchen. Noah and I have been cooking together ever since he was old enough to stand on a chair, and I’m proud to say he is well on his way to becoming a little chef.

So what are you waiting for?  Here are six steps to help you get started.

1. Start teaching at the grocery store.

Most of us shop with the little ones in tow, so why not make it a fun and educational experience?

• Name fruit and vegetables together. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your preschoolers will pick up the names of those exotic fruits. Occasionally encourage their curiosity by letting your children pick out one new fruit to bring home.

• Include children in some decision making. For example, ask them, “Should we cook spaghetti or fusilli with our sauce tonight?” Don’t let children make demands about your purchases, but do help them feel like you’re taking their tastes into consideration.

• Show older children how to clip coupons, and teach them about cost comparisons and simple money management.

2. Set kitchen guidelines early, and never waver.

My son will inform people that “Only Mama touches knives” because I’ve drilled that into him ever since he could stand and eat raisins at the counter. These boundaries are key for your children’s safety. As soon as your babies are crawling, you are teaching them that the stove is “hot”; the same goes for any items in the kitchen that are unsuitable for little hands. Make these rules clear before any cooking or baking goes on.

And don’t forget rules for hygiene! Teach your children about basic food-safe actions we can take, such as hand washing, and covering our mouths for sneezing and coughing.

3. Set yourself up properly.

• Provide your children with an apron – trust me, your laundry lady with thank you (oh wait, that’s probably you). Wearing an apron is also useful for signaling the beginning and end of “cooking time.”

• Make sure cookbooks, your phone, and everything you will need are in place, so you never have to leave the room to fetch something – thus leaving your children unattended.

• Provide duplicates of a few of your kitchen utensils for your child. Most children won’t be appeased with toy versions, but want to use exactly what mom is using. Items like spatulas, whisks, and measuring cups are affordable and safe for little hands, and provide a great source of entertainment to boot!

• Keep quick clean-up solutions close by, such as paper towels, dry dish towels, and a warm cloth for spills or overly sticky fingers – including yours.

4. Talk, taste, and sing a little.

• Talk: Children are sponges for information. In simple terms, always explain what you are making. Talk about each ingredient, where it comes from and what makes it special. Guide them through the task at hand in a way they can easily understand.

• Taste: Let your children taste anything they want. This is a safe, controlled environment where they can explore ingredients and educate their senses. Explain about sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy parts of the tongue and taste buds. Don’t worry, they won’t be dipping into the baking soda anytime soon behind your back.

• Sing: We love to make up songs as we work, or we enjoy old favourites such as “Biscuits in the oven” or “I like to eat (eat, eat) apples and bananas.” It brings a lighthearted and fun atmosphere into the kitchen.

5. Give small tasks to your children.

Children want to help and be involved. Sometimes all I hear myself saying is “Don’t touch that. Leave that alone. BE careful!”, and it’s usually because I have not given my son a specific task with boundaries. Once he is occupied with something, I can proceed with what I need to do.

Here are just a few things that keep my three-year-old busy:
•  Tearing, washing, and drying lettuce
•  Peeling vegetables, snapping beans, shucking corn
•  De-stemming grapes, strawberries,
•  Rolling meatballs
•  Sifting flour
•  Cracking and beating eggs
•  Transporting items to and from the fridge
•  Grating cheese
•  Rolling dough
•  Making fruit salad
•  Assembling sandwiches
•  Greasing pans

6. End with clean-up.

Don’t let your children slip away to play as soon as dinner is popped into the oven. Now is the perfect time to teach them to see a task through from beginning to en,d and that clean-up can be a fun part of cooking too! Have them rinse the dishes or unload the dishwasher.

If all the clean-up is for an adult (washing a blender or sharp knives, for example), then enlist their help to set the table.

My wish is that you discover the valuable blessings of including your children in your kitchen time. The lessons learned and the laughs shared will last you a lifetime.

And don’t forget: Praise is invaluable, as is plenty of patience on your part.

To end, here is one of our favourite cookie recipes to whip up (not to mention my most requested recipe from friends!). We work together to assemble the ingredients, and then we speed through the shaping, thanks to Noah.  He helps me roll them in sugar and place them on the pan.

Spice Snaps

(adapted from Joy of Cooking)
Makes 4 dozen

Preheat the oven to 325F. Have all ingredients at room temperature.

Cream together until light:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar

Stir in:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Sift together and add to butter mixture:

  • 3-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or 3 teaspoons ground)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Tonka bean (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix well and roll into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in white sugar to coat, and place two inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until tops have cracked and edges start to brown. Cool a few minutes on the pan, then loosen with a spatula and transfer to a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container. These cookies freeze very well.
For a softer, chewier cookie, remove from the oven while centers are still slightly undercooked.

Do your kids participate with you in the kitchen?  Do tell!

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  1. what a great post. my little ones are too little at the moment to do a ton of helpful ‘helping.’ but, i have learned that just giving them a way to stand (or sit) up closer to the action and watch has helped even at the under 2 stage.

    your post helps me think about ways to talk more to my little ones, even now, about what i’m doing. and the thought about giving them decisions to make is great.

    today, i’m talking about spiritual lessons learned during sick days at home with toddlers. so, not so much cooking go on right now. but maybe when everyone is on the mend, we’ll get back to it.

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  2. What a fantastic post! I love the idea of teaching little ones early to enjoy and be a part of the whole food preparing process. Great list!

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  3. I love baking with my 3 little preschoolers. (Ironic, really, since I never cared for it BEFORE I had kids!)

    I always have my three stand on chairs around our island. As I add ingredients into my big bowl, I put a little of each into a little bowl of their own. They love it.

    Thanks for the ideas,

    Jamie

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    Melaniesd says:

    My son bakes & cooks with me every weekend. We have a great time, and he’s so proud of what we make. We’ve been cooking together since he could stand on a chair too. It’s so good for their self-esteem and skills they certainly will benefit from.
    As soon as he hears my mixer he runs to the kitchen: “What you doing Mommy??? Can I help?”

  5. Hi Aimée,
    I can’t wait until I can bake and cook with my little ones. Right now our 19 month old wants to do everything we do when it comes to just about anything. When we’re cooking he wants in on the action so giving him a mixing bowl and wooden spoon he’s in his glory!

    I like your talk, taste and sing suggestion as well as getting them an apron that’s great! Thanks for the wonderful ideas on getting our kids involved in the kitchen!

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  6. Saved this post in my Tumblr! Great tips. Very motivating :)

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  7. Wonderful post! I love all of your ideas, and wanted to add a couple more:
    - If you have a dishpan, you can have kids wash fruits and vegetables in a pan full of water before you chop them.
    - The same bucket can be filled with warm, soapy water after the meal so your child can practice washing dishes, even if you have a dishwasher.

    I especially loved your ideas to involve your kids at the grocery store & talk to them about what you’re cooking when you’re in the kitchen. Thanks again for a wonderful post!

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  8. Great, informative post! I love all the little ideas to keep kids busy in the kitchen. Curently, however most of my effort is spent keeping my kids ( furkids) OUT of the kitchen not encouraging them to help out!

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  9. I loved this post. Both of my children love to help, but admittedly, I don’t encourage it enough…(will start to, though) I love when my children watch me make something from start-to-finish. The other day, I made almond butter, and my 5-year old was fascinated. Then, that led to a financial discussion about how we can save money by making things ourselves. I could just see the dollar signs start to “click” in my son’s mind.

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  10. Enjoyed this post! I have tried to work on including my girls in my cooking, something I naturally tend to shy away from since I realize what a mess it will be to clean up when we’re done. However, the experience it gives them and the memories we make are worth the extra time it takes.

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  11. Your sons are so blessed to have such a patient and insightful mother. They will be making their future wives very happy!

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  12. I couldn’t have said it better. Unfortunately we’ve learned some safety rules the hard way, but the lessons have stuck!

    One thing you forgot to highlight when talking is answering “why?” every thirty seconds.

    And we take the discussion about ingredients one step further – to the farms and markets around here. She is learning that meat doesn’t always exist on a styrofoam plate and you can actually pick your veggies.

  13. I enjoyed this post so much! My son is 5 and has been making his own breakfast for almost a year. It only involves pouring cereal into a bowl, but it saves me the time of making his and mine. I pour his milk into a cup and he carries it to the table, then adds it to his bowl. He is very interested in cooking right now, so I let him watch while I chop veggies for dinner and always let him taste if he wants to. While baking, he adds things from small bowls into the mixer and counts how many cups, etc, are added to the mix. This weekend, I let him spread pb & J and make his own sandwich. He was thrilled. Even though it is messy at the beginning, with practice it gets easier and makes him a little more self-reliant.

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  14. Fantastic post– I really enjoyed this! I try to remind myself to bring my son into the cooking more often. Your post reminded me that if I plan ahead and prepare just a little, the experience can be really rewarding and fun. Thanks!

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  15. My 4 year old and 2 year old love to cook with me. I give my 4 year old a butter knife and let him cut green onions. He also loves to shred cheese. My two year old loves to stand at the counter and eat the cheese or anything in her reach. They also like to help use the mixer. There job is to lock it down and then I turn it on. I do need to have them help clean up more, but they fight over who sets the table.

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  16. My girls have been in the kitchen as soon as they could stand on a chair, as well. G, who is 8, knows how to make sauteed spinach (I control the temperature on the stove) to include how to peel garlic (whack a pie server on the garlic cloves). C., 7, helped make our herbed cheese spread in the food processor last night. She loves kitchen gadgets. I always have the girls smell the spices before they are included in a recipe.

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  17. My 4yo loves helping me bake and over the years her participation has changed from making the work go twice as long (a 3yo takes a while cutting out cookies) to being an actual time saver (independently putting egg wash on cookies while I’m rolling out the next batch).

    I like letting her use real utensils as much as possible. For example, using a butter knife to cut up a stick of butter is great practice for when she’ll start using a sharp knife.

    So far, the only kitchen accident we’ve had was when her hair got caught in the mixer while I had turned my back to fetch the next ingredient – a good reminder to get everything together before starting to cook (and to wear a hair band).

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the best joys of helping in the kitchen: getting to lick the spoon!

  18. My middle daugher has just turned nine and for the past year has been rather independent at baking – her dad, especially loves this! I am thankful I took the time to let her help and didn’t freak out (too much)over the messes or she wouldn’t be where she is at today. My kids also help comparison shop, read labels in the store, etc. and 1-2 times/month the older two each plan balanced supper menus and are responsible for the cooking on that day. I’m always around to help. It is fun to look back to where we started when they were toddlers and see the growth… just one more example of how much fun it is to share life WITH our kids.

  19. Great post! And starting at the grocery store/garden/farmer’s market is so important!! Our kids need to know how to pick out the best product..what it looks like and feels like and smells like.

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  20. Great information!! My son and I love to cook together also. He even has his own little chef’s hat and apron. We call him “Chef David. ” He is only 5 years old, but has been in the kitchen for a while now.

    When he was 2 years old, he would sit in front of the TV mesmerized by cooking shows, especially Rachel Ray. I just love it.

    Just the other day, I finally ordered a cookbook for cooking with kids, and I’m really excited about getting it and trying it out.

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  21. My son and I love to bake together. He and I have been baking since he was 2. It’s our special time together. I’m still learning to be patient and I really do need to start cooking with him as well. He loves being in the kitchen and he wears his apron proudly. He also loves helping me go grocery shopping. Now that he can read, I give him the list and he reads the list to me. It’s a great bonding experience and he’s learning what he likes and what he doesn’t.

  22. This is such an awesome post!!! Love it!

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    Shannon J says:

    I have two little ones, newly 3yos, and they love to help. One is especially drawn to the kitchen and will give up watching a video to cook with me (not his brother!) I have to practice a lot of patience when they both are helping as our kitchen is very small (and wonderful) and with two chairs to the counter, there’s no space for me. And during the mornings we have another little boy here (2yo) which makes it SUPER tight in the kitchen but we’ve still managed to pull off a few dishes…and many bowls of air popped popcorn!

    My oldest, now almost 12 cooked with me all the time. He even had his own sharp knife at age 2. He never cut himself; he was just that kind of kid. My daughter followed him and even now at 8 I don’t know if I trust her with a knife!

  24. excellent tips! thanks!

    i think it’s important to let your kids be involved in the kitchen too. my 2.5 y.o. daughter really enjoys herself when she can help me or her dad cook.

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  25. I love this article and your tips. I love cooking with my kids when only one of them joins me. The hard part is I have a tiny kitchen and when both of them want to help it gets crowded and they sometimes fight.

    When my oldest was 2 I bought a garlic peeler so he could help with dinner prep. The first time he used it I let him continue to roll and “peel” and extra clove because he was having so much fun. At one point he cradled the clove against his neck and said, “I love you garlic.”

    My youngest (now 4) is obsessed with mixers. They are always a little surprised at kitchen stores that he wants to look at the mixers and not the cute things intended for his age group.

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  26. My mom is a great cook. When I was growing up, she was fast and efficient in the kitchen, but she never really encouraged my sister and me to participate in the cooking — beyond snapping beans and washing lettuce. We baked cookies and cakes (which I loved!), but we didn’t participate much in the preparation of meals.

    When I moved out on my own, I knew my way around the kitchen, but I had no meal repertoire at all. I needed a recipe (or a box) for even the most basic things, and I had virtually no experience with picking produce or planning meals. Preparing food was not part of the natural rhythm of my daily life — it was an undertaking.

    As a mom, I’ve become even more cognizant of that. I want my children to feel at home in the kitchen, not a burning desire to escape from it. :) My 6yo LOVES to help with the cooking. My 8yo? Not so much. It’s easy to let her get away with setting the table. But your post has reminded me that engaging her doesn’t have to be hard or complicated, and that NOW is the time to do it. Thank you!

  27. I love this article! I always let my 4yo help in the kitchen, but its time for me to let the 2yo in as well…I’m adding “aprons” to my ongoing list of gift ideas for them both.

    Thanks!

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    • Ikea has great kids accessories, and their kids aprons have a velcro fastener at the neck – safe and fun!

  28. My 4 year old LOVES to help in the kitchen–her newest interest is in washing the dishes after baking something!! I fill up the sink with hot water, make sure there are lots of bubbles, then we throw things in when we are done (measuring cups and things). While the cookies are baking, she goes on a “treasure hunt” through all the bubbles to find what is in there to wash!! I have to mop up the floor and counter afterwards, but I don’t have to do the dishes!!
    Love all the ideas!!

  29. I really enjoyed this article! My youngest daughter has been in the kitchen with me forever, and loves to cook and bake!

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  30. Great post! My daughter, 2 1/2, has started helping out in the kitchen. We make pizza on Fridays, and she helps measure the flour and yeast and oil, and then kneads the dough for her own mini pizza while I knead the rest for the big pizza. She helps add toppings too! When I make cookies, I take the time to do a quick prep of ingredients so she can dump each one into the big mixing bowl. It makes for a few more dishes, but she has so much fun that it’s worth it. She insists on tasting each ingredient as she goes, and we let her. How else do you learn that flour tastes, well, floury? I can already see an improvement in her stirring skills (more flour in the mixing bowl and less on the floor!) and she just beams when she sees what she has accomplished. Last night at her grandparents home she pulled a chair up to the sink and helped make meatballs for dinner. She told us all she was ‘making cooking’. So much fun!

  31. Keep in mind that cooking with little ones is time consuming so don’t start this adventure if you are pressed for time. Instead, choose a time (right after snack time: less likely to eat everything as they cook and not be hungry for dinner) that everyone has the time to enjoy cooking together. Have a step stool for younger ones and an apron that fits them for safety. My son loves to stir things so I remember to use a large bowl and be patient when things don’t stay in. Mommy measures and he dumps it into the bowl and stirs… I take a turn too so it really does get mixed up well. Music is also on to make cooking more relaxing and fun for us all.

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  32. Am I the only one with a son who wants to eat every food he touches? I could never give him an assignment of washing fruits or de-stemming grapes. He would eat them all. As it is, cherry tomatoes and blueberries (from our garden) rarely even make it into the house because he picks and eats them.

    I do try to bake with him occassionally…muffins, pancakes, cornbread. But, it has to be something fast. Can’t do cookies or cakes because he just wants to eat the batter and it’s a battle to even get it in the oven! Even muffins are hard, come to think of it, because he wants to eat all the blueberries or fruit I put in them and gets mad when I put them into the batter. Good grief!

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  33. What a great post, Aimée! I love the recipes on your blog, and I’m thrilled to see you here as a columnist!

    My kids love the kitchen, and I really do believe it’s a wonderful learning environment for them. Just last night we tackled cheesecake together. Imagine the patience instilled in my son when he realized he had to wait until today to eat it!

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  34. My son (4) and I love cooking/baking together in the kitchen. He has his own apron with a train ( I love Williams Sonoma) and a “race car” spatula. His favorite thing to make are banana muffins. I’m now I’m starting to teach him to measure and identify the fractions on the cups. Yes, it can be a bit messy but he loves that we do it together and he gets to eat his special treat. He is more interested in baking then cooking right now mostly because he loves sweet treats. I think this was a great post! It’s so important to have kids in the kitchen. It is such a great learning environment for math skills, reading skills and making a family connection. And just think what a great husband my son will be…a man that can cook! I know…I married one! HEHE!

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  35. Great post! I just have one little one right now (currently baking the next one!) and my little guy loves to help in the kitchen! At 19 months he’s not quite ready for a lot of tasks, but I love to include him when I can. He loves to put the things that I have cut into the bowl for me, or add the toppings to the pizza. He thought it was the best thing ever when I let him stir the spaghetti sauce one time! He even has a toddler sized apron that he can wear.

    Sometimes there are meals when I don’t have anything that he can really help with, so I find something else for him to do in the kitchen with me (as he refuses to be anywhere else besides right there with me!) He favorite thing to do is pull out all of my pots and pans and I have a special bowl of pinto beans that I let him scoop and pour into the pans and then stir up into his own little meal! I let him use my real kitchen utensils like you suggested and the spatula is probably one of his favorite toys of all time! Other times I let him stand on a chair at the sink with a sink half full of soapy water to ‘wash’ some dishes. This is very messy, but he loves it!

    I love your tip about talking about what you’re doing though, I need to remember to do that more often! Thanks for a great post!

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  36. Great ideas! I keep thinking about letting my 2 1/2 yr old help me in the kitchen, but I’m usually in such a rush when I’m cooking that I completely forget to let him help me.

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  37. Cooking with the kids is a regular thing in our house. My mother only let me watch her cook, so I learned how to actually create things after I left home (mom was moreso a heat and serve, minimalist type cook). We were visiting the other evening and my 7 yo daughter asked to help mom with dinner (I stay out of the way, we say they have a “one butt kitchen”, there’s only room for one adult to move around..). Mom said there wasn’t much to be done and I said “Mom, for what you’re doing you could sit at the counter and tell her what to do and she’ll fix dinner for us”, LOL! She was really suprised at how much dd was able to do. It made me realize how much we’ve actually accomplished over the years with her under my feet :o)

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  38. this was great! In addition to the benefits you listed, kids are much more likely to eat healthy food if they helped prepare it and/or picked it out in the supermarket.

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  39. Excellent post! Sometimes, it takes patience (okay, a LOT of patience), but I’m noticing that my efforts are paying off now that my boy is 11. I’ve started including my daughter more in the kitchen, too (7), so I hope to see some of those efforts pay off as well.

    Besides, as you say – I’m building skills that both of my kids can use for a lifetime (and I really do think my future son-in-law and daughter-in-law will thank me!)

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  40. Both of my girls enjoy cooking, but I’d say the younger one asks to help out more. They have a set of smaller utensils that are fun for them to use. The kitchen is a great place for learning lots of valuable life lessons! I’m glad you included cleaning up…

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  41. What a fabulously delicious post! I, too, have tried to find ways to involve my daughter (18 mos) in the kitchen. Though it often slows me down (she’s so young that her tasks often just add a step to my process), it is very satisfying for her to have a “job” and be encouraged by mommy.

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  42. Aimee,
    Thanks for encouraging us to include our children in our daily tasks in such a positive manner. They really do love to be a part, and learn far more than just how to peel a carrot. My 5yo eats her own scrambled eggs with far more gusto than she ever eats mine, and she is so proud of herself! Question – how do you keep Noah from eating all the cookie dough???

  43. Oh thank you so much for this post! It was so inpirational. I’m more the kind who would love to finish the work without interruption. I need to change that!

  44. What a great post. I have recently started letting my 2yo interact more with me while I cook, and let him do small chores to help out. I loved the suggestions that your 3yo does! I will definitely take some of those into account w/my son if he’s able to do it.

    His dad doesn’t cook or fool around in the kitchen at all, and I want my son to be able to!

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  45. Wonderful post! My boys {even though they are older now} still love helping in the kitchen for yummy recipes. Usually sweet stuff, but I’ve taught them a few things. I think their wives are going to be happy about that! :-)
    ~Kim

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  46. My son is only 8 weeks old, but if he’s awake and happy and it’s time to start preparing dinner or make my breakfast, he sits in a high chair in the kitchen and I talk him through what I’m doing. I find it much easier chatting to him about what I’m doing than making up things to say during other “play” times, and I plan to keep giving him kitchen time as he gets older.

  47. I love your post. My own kids spend a lot of time in the kitchen. My eldest is not so fond of it but my youngest loves it. As a teacher of cooking for kids, I love your ideas above.

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  48. Just came across your post and so glad to see others advocating cooking with kids.

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