The holidays are the perfect time to get your child helping out in the kitchen! Having that extra time during the holidays to teach your kids cooking basics is time you should take advantage of. Most importantly, cooking with your children promotes future health by teaching them about nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals.
Look Who’s Cooking! – Task Assignment
To keep your children enthusiastic about cooking, assign tasks of a holiday recipe they are able to prepare based on their abilities. Here are some ideas depending on your child’s age:
- 5 and 6 year olds can help stir instant pudding, snap green beans, prepare lettuce for a salad, press cookie cutters or pour liquids into batter.
- 7 and 8 year olds can rinse vegetables, shuck corn, mix and shake ingredients, beat eggs and measure dry ingredients.
- 9 and 10 year olds are ready to help knead bread dough, stir hot mixtures, blend batters, broil foods in toaster oven and cut foods with a table knife.
- Children age 10 and older can take the lead in the kitchen, slicing or chopping vegetables, boiling potatoes, microwaving or baking foods in the oven and simmering ingredients on the stove.
From an early age, take advantage of the holiday season and start a tradition of cooking your favorite recipes with your children.
Information sourced from: http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/lifestyle/holidays/cooking-with-kids-during-the-holidays
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart of Newfoundland and Labrador.