3 Ways To Get Your Kids Involved In Cooking This Spring

Get your kids cooking this spring! During the warmer months, there are endless opportunities for fun and creative cooking projects. Cooking together not only provides quality bonding time but also teaches valuable life skills and encourages healthy eating habits. Nevertheless, knowing where to begin can be challenging. Therefore, we have come up with three easy ways for your kids to get involved in cooking this spring. 

The following tips will help your kids feel confident and excited in the kitchen, from simple recipes to age-appropriate tasks. Grab your aprons and start creating some delicious memories with your little ones, whether you’re an experienced home cook or just starting!

1. Letting The Kids Have Cooking Control

When kids choose the recipe, they’re more likely to be enthusiastic about cooking. You can help them gather ingredients and follow the steps together by selecting a recipe they are interested in. You can also let them take the lead creatively. 

Sunnie says that letting children have some control in the kitchen allows them to learn about what’s good and bad for their bodies, as well as explore different flavours and ingredients without pressure. It’s a fabulous lesson in food autonomy, too! 

2. Cooking Involvement Stays Age-Appropriate 

Depending on your children’s age and skill level, assign them tasks such as measuring ingredients, stirring, chopping, or decorating the finished product. Aside from learning how to cook, they will also gain confidence in the kitchen.

It is a great way to teach children life skills and build their confidence to involve them in meal preparation, and there are many age-appropriate tasks they can do in the kitchen. 

Age-appropriate tasks that children can do include:

  • Toddlers (ages 1-3): Children this age can help with simple tasks such as washing fruits and vegetables, stirring ingredients, and setting the table.
  • Preschoolers (ages 3-5): Preschoolers can help with more complex tasks such as measuring ingredients, cracking eggs (with supervision), and mixing ingredients.
  • Elementary school children (ages 6-12): Children in this age group can help with more advanced tasks such as chopping vegetables (with supervision), using small kitchen appliances (such as blenders and food processors), and following simple recipes.
  • Teenagers (ages 13+): Teenagers can take on more responsibility in the kitchen, such as planning and preparing meals independently, experimenting with new recipes, and assisting with meal planning and grocery shopping.

Children can learn nutrition, develop life skills, and develop confidence and independence in the kitchen as they are given age-appropriate tasks.

3. Make Cooking Fun

The whole family can enjoy cooking together. Make the meal fun by playing some music, wearing silly aprons, or coming up with a creative theme. This is a perfect opportunity to get those Easter eggs out! Make cooking fun for your kids by encouraging them to be creative.

Childhood101 assures us that cooking together in a fun way helps families have regular chatting and bonding time – something that can get left behind in a busy daily routine.

Get Your Kids Cooking Today

This spring, get your kids involved in cooking and teach them valuable life skills while having fun. For kids of all ages, there are a variety of age-appropriate activities available, ranging from measuring ingredients to chopping vegetables. The experience of trying new flavours and foods can also expand your children’s palates and make them more open to trying new things.

Make your next meal a family affair by involving your kids in the cooking and making it a family affair the next time you’re in the kitchen!