Saturday, October 22, 2011

Creating with my Kids.... Cooking

Cooking with my kids.
Ah, my favorite kind of topic.
Like ever. Ever ever.
It's a chore that is done multiple times a day.
Why not include the eager children in its preparation?
There are a lot of reasons not to (patience, messes, time....)
But every reason to welcome their little hands.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
Kids are capable of much more than we think. 
Sometimes they just need the opportunity.
My kids help me in the kitchen just about every day.
They are masters at peeling, pouring, dumping, stirring, spreading, basting, tasting, observing, spilling....
They are learning techniques like measuring, kneading, reading a recipe, chopping.
Just kidding. They have to be much older before I'll let them chop. :)

There are books and books written on this very topic.
Kids cookbooks are fun, and can be found at your library, bookstore, internet....
So I won't attempt to write a cookbook here.
My only motive is to encourage you.
Let your little ones help you in the kitchen.
Explain to them the role an egg plays in the waffle batter.
Ask them why we use salt. Let them taste it.
See if they can identify raw meat verses cooked meat.
Teach them about sanitation.
Give them a chunk of bread dough, and let them knead it along side you.
Tell them what's for dinner before you begin cooking.
If they cook it, maybe they'll even eat it!
If you haven't already....
Pull a chair up to the counter (or in my case, three). Invite your little helpers. 
Allow the counter to get messy. The floors and their clothes too. It's worth it!
Dab some flour on their nose. Experience the magic in your kitchen.

Here a few of my favorite pictures from over the years
when I've had help from my sweet kids.











This was originally published on Latter-Day Woman, as part of my series entitles, "Creating With My Kids," found here.

5 comments:

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  2. I 100% agree. My daughter gets so excited to help me make dinner or whip up a treat. It was fun to read about how you let your little ones help you in the kitchen.

    katy @ redBuddy notes

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  3. Aw, this is a great post! I fully agree with having little helpers in the kitchen. We have made some really wonderful memories already by just letting them help. I love all your sweet pictures--the last one is my favorite. Such a sweet moment!

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  4. I love this post and the sewing with kids post. I completely agree with you on this. What a great learning experience and wonderful memory making! I'd love for you to stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at www.laughloveandcraft.com. I'm your newest follower.

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  5. IS that your son playing with flour on the deck? I have photos of my kids doing the EXACT SAME THING! I am not sure if you did this planned or not, but I came down the stairs from working, to find my daughter and son outside 3" deep in flour. "It's snowing mom!"
    They had taken it outside 2 cups at a time using the pyrex. It was so fun and adorable that I couldn't be mad.

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