Tips for Cooking With Kids
A few thoughts after cooking with my kids for 12 years.
- •At a very young age, teach your kids basic knife skills. Hand toddlers a butter knife and a soft piece of fruit like a peach or a pear. Next safest knife is a serrated knife. They can practice sawing and keeping their fingers curled under and out of the way. Paring knife next. Then the chef knife!
- •Hand them scraps of dough to make mini tarts. Let them over-mix, over-fill, over-do.
- •Kids are more likely to eat their dinner if they participate in the shopping and cooking.
- •Never force your kids to cook with you. Let them see you enjoying it (fake it if you need to!), then they might want to join in.
- •Let them hold your wrist while you whisk or flip or stir.
- •Hold them on your hip at the stove so that they feel like they're a part of the experience.
- •There will be waste.
- •Things will get broken.
- •Fingers will get cut.
- •Eggs will drop to the floor.
- •Let go.
- •Clean up.
- •Start again.