There are many valuable lessons learned by kids who get involved in cooking. As we know kids are very curious on many things and would always want to get them involved with the grown up stuff. Cooking with your kids can also be a fun way to learn valuable lessons. This goes beyond the lessons of cooking. It makes them aware of the value of creating something out of hard work.
Benefits on Health
One of the best ways to teach cleanliness and hygiene to kids is through proper handling of food in the kitchen. This is a great way to instill to their young minds to wash their hands before preparing or eating food. They’ll also be aware of the many dangers of handling appliances and utensils found in the kitchen. So as a parent or guardian you should explain to kids the dangers of the utensils and appliances found in the kitchen. This will make kids avoid touching them unnecessarily out of curiosity. In cooking in the kitchen kids will be taught on how to handle dangerous or delicate items such as the knife and other appliances. They can also learn how to handle food such as raw meat, fruits and vegetables. With all these they’ll also learn the value of responsibility as they learn cooking.
Kids who can see food beforehand being cooked can be a good time to explain the nutritional value of food that they eat. This is very important to instill to a child that chips or junk food is not good for their health. So instead of grabbing a potato chip they’ll learn to choose healthier options when snacking.
Another great thing for cooking with kids is the educational benefit. Since they are now learning that appliances have potential dangers as well as other kitchen items, they’ll now learn how to operate them properly. You can start to teach the basics such as boiling water where you can explain how the water heats up and evaporates. Aside from Science, you can also teach on the area of Mathematics such as measuring ingredients they can distinguish on how to measure liquids from solids. Another invaluable lesson that you can teach to kids while cooking is reading. You can let them read the ingredients and the instructions found on the cook book.
There’s also a lot of scientific information you can share when cooking with kids. Things such as the different states of matter and how some things are dissolved in liquids will help your child get a better grasp on the world around them.
And finally the best part would be that kids will just have fun while cooking. This isn’t purely an educational experience but a great way to spend quality time with the family and create wonderful memories with them.