Children of all ages learn by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling and listening. They love to help prepare food because they can use all their senses - and they like to eat the foods they make.
Cooking with kids helps teach them the skills they will need to become an independent eater later in life and helps them learn the joys of eating and preparing healthful foods. Check out our infographic!
Practice food safety. Good cooks of all ages always wash their hands before cooking and should wait until a dish is done before sampling to help prevent illness.
Expect spills and messes. Parents and caregivers should expect spills and messes. Have kids help with the cleanup so they can understand the importance of cleaning up after themselves.
Keep it quick and simple. When dealing with short attention spans, assign quick, simple jobs and give clear direction. It's best to assign tasks as they go, otherwise kids may become distracted and focused on the future tasks.
Preschool age children are perfecting their motor skills and developing their fine motor skills. They will enjoy activities such as:
Elementary age children are learning to control smaller muscles in their fingers. Offer them experiences such as:
Tweens & Teens are learning sequences and problem solving. Offer them experiences such as: