5 benefits to involving your kids in cooking
Preparing food can feel like just another task when you're cooking by yourself, but involving your kids can make it fun for all! Inviting your children to help in preparing food for the family even just a couple times a week is beneficial for these five reasons:
- Tests and builds their math skills including counting, measurements, fractions and more.
- Improves their reading and comprehension skills, especially when using a step-by-step recipe.
- Build confidence and self-esteem as they learn a new skill and feel a sense of accomplishment from making a meal.
- Provides an opportunity for quality family time.
- Gives a hands-on approach to teaching family traditions, recipes, and important parts of the family's culture.
how to involve your kids in cooking
Invite your children to join you in preparing the food. Here are ways that kids of all ages can help, from our own Melissa King, DO:
- Wipe down the preparation surface before and after.
- Read the recipe steps along the way.
- Use measuring tools to measure the ingredients.
- Use counting skills to count while you prepare.
- Discuss the science changes as you change the ingredients, like blending them or stirring them together.
- Use your senses to see the ingredients before and after you mix them:
- Smell the ingredients - Does it smell the same when you mix them together? Does the smell change when you heat the ingredients?
- Taste the ingredients - Is the taste what you expect after you smell the ingredient or look at the ingredient?
- Feel the textures of the ingredients - How are they the same? How are they different?
- Listen to the sounds as you heat or mix the ingredients - Do they sound the same or different?