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Cooking with Kids

Cooking is a great way for children to learn multiple skills in a fun, hands-on way!
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Cooking with young ones is such a joy as you witness them experience a whole new world through taste! Whether baking a simple desert or cooking a staple dish from Latin America, cooking allows children to focus their energy on a creative outlet while expanding their science, math and artistic skills. Often times, children become so invested in a cooking session or recipe because they get to share the final product with others. Here are some simple steps to make your culinary experience with young children an unforgettable one!

Age Group:

Materials

Materials are dependent on the recipe selected.

Disclaimer

As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

Before starting our recipe for fruit salad, a desert, quesadillas, etc., have the child wash their hands and tie back any long hair. Your Kid Expert will also point out what kid-friendly utensils to use (i.e., butter knives, plastic utensils, wooden spoon).
Together, we will read through the recipe, taking the time to understand each step before starting. The Kid Expert will do any steps that require a hot cooking device or stovetop. The child will be included in actions such as stirring batter, pouring in liquids, spreading frosting, measuring flour, etc.
As we go through each step, the Kid Expert will ask the child questions to spark a conversation, swap stories, and bond as a cooking team! If a dish is specific to a country or culture, such as quesadillas, your Kid Expert can also give a little history lesson!
If learning to cook something such as an omelet your Kid Expert will explain the heath importance of cooking eggs thoroughly. This is also a great time to talk about ingredients that some little friends can’t have – peanuts, soy, shellfish, etc. bringing in an awareness of food allergies to the child. We can also talk about substitutes for ingredients. “We can use almond milk and coconut oil instead of milk and butter in our brownies, for friends who can’t have any dairy.”
While the final product is baking, clean up the work area and wash hands. Once the dish is done, plate and garnish with the child encouraging their sense of accomplishment for finishing such an enriching task. Then, sit down and enjoy the final product!