The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young kids. It isn't always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows. Choose time when your kid is well-rested and not easily frustrated. For younger kids, consider starting with simple dishes with fewer than five ingredients. Then your child won't have to wait it out while you tackle a complicated step. A tossed salad or an easy muffin recipe can be great to start with. Younger kids can watch what you're doing and help out with small tasks, like stirring something, passing the ingredients while you mix them together or even helping you to set up the table. Older kids can be taught how to crack eggs or measure ingredients. This is a great opportunity to share some quality time together, talk about healthy ingredients, and finally enjoy what you prepared together. Here are just a few things that your budding masterchef is learning by helping you cook:
Here you can find some fun things to make with your kids, tips on how to make it safe, and much more. Bon appetit!