Children In The Kitchen
Cooking is an important life skill however research has shown that knowledge of food and how it is prepared is decreasing over time, which means fewer young people can cook.
Spending time with children in the kitchen cooking or baking can be a lot of fun (and messy!) however if you take the time it is also a great way to teach children some important skills.
Involving younger family/whānau members in the preparation of food has been linked to improvments in the nutritional qualtiy of thier dietary intake. Other research has shown that nearly all children and young people who are involved in growing vegetables at home or school, also eat them and also increase their consumption of vegetables and fruit in general.
Some ideas of how to involve your children in the kitchen:
- Learning correct hand washing and safe kitchen habits (ie wet cloths conduct heat)
- Setting the oven at the correct temperature
- Reading recipes
- Getting the right ingredients and equipment out
- Pushing buttons on food processors and blenders
- Scrubbing vegetables from the garden
- Opening cans with a can opener
- Cracking eggs into a bowl
- Wiping, washing, peeling, cutting, rolling, mashing and grating
- Using cookie cutters, rolling pins and scales
- Watching for bubbles on pancakes or pikelets
- Arranging toppings ie on pizza
- Washing the dishes!
By teaching children this skill they not only learn to cook but it can also help to develope language skills (learning different words), mathmatical skills (measure ingredients), chemistry skills (watching yeast and sugar bubble) and biology (discovering where food comes from).
Thank you for your feedback.
The Fuelled4life team.