Cooking inspires all senses
Cooking with your kids can be a lot of fun, and is one of the most complete sensory activities. It also has a practical purpose. It can help them to learn all about healthy eating and try new foods.
Of course, you need to be careful, especially if your kids are still little. For younger kids, try getting them involved in ways that don’t actually involve cooking. For example, give them a head of lettuce and let them rinse the leaves under cold water and break them up to put in your family’s salad bowls.
If you happen to be baking bread, your little ones will love helping you to knead or roll the dough. In fact, you could even give them cookie cutters and let them make dinner rolls cut into different fun shapes.
If your kids are old enough, you can start to give them other tasks to do in the kitchen, as long as you supervise them carefully. For instance, try letting them choose their own fruits and make healthy fruit smoothies. Let them place all the ingredients in the blender and mix them up.
Kids that are even older can gradually start to help with things like chopping up vegetables. They can also start to learn about how to follow recipes and how to adapt those recipes. You can let them experiment a little bit with spices and different food combinations. That’s a wonderful way to not only pass the time, but also help them to learn things that they can use later in life.
Here are some resources for yummy recipes to try with your kids:
Do you cook with your kids?
-by Jessica Kosinski