Why is Learning How to Cook Important for Children?

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Learning to cook is a valuable lesson that benefits kids in many ways. Cooking encourages creativity and curiosity as kids experiment with different flavours and ingredients. They learn about nutritional values and how to follow written instructions and measure ingredients. Another great benefit to teaching kids how to cook is that it increases family bonding and boosts their teamwork skills as kids work together with parents or siblings to prepare a meal.

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Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning and let the child assemble their taco with toppings like lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, and sour cream

three easy& fun foods For children to make to introduce them to the joy of cooking! (with minimal adult supervision)

grilled cheese

Grilled cheese sandwich:

Butter two slices of bread, add a slice of cheese in between making sure the buttered sides are on the outside of the sandwich, and grill in a pan until the cheese is melted.

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Have kids blend together their favourite fruits and yogurt to create a tasty and healthy drink.

How old should my child be to start cooking?

Parents must use their best judgment

when determining whether or not their child is ready to start cooking with the stove. There is no specific age limit to how old a child should be before they are introduced to cooking with a stove or oven. Children are unique and you could have a six-year-old child who is calm and responsible enough to start learning how to cook, or you could have an overly excited, accident-prone 13-year-old who is far too irresponsible to use a stove even with supervision.

Don't Forget to Talk About Safety!

Here is a list of things you can talk about with them before you start:

  • Always have an adult present to ensure that the child is following safety guidelines and to handle any potential emergencies.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Loose clothing, such as long sleeves or baggy shirts, can easily catch fire when cooking. Children should wear tight-fitting clothing or an apron to prevent any accidents.
  • Use oven mitts or potholders when handling hot pots and pans, it's important to use oven mitts or potholders to prevent burns.
  • Keep flammable objects away. When cooking, it's important to keep flammable objects, such as paper towels or dish towels, away from the stove or oven. These items can easily catch fire and cause a dangerous situation.
  • Turn off the stove or oven when finished: After cooking, children should be taught to turn off the stove or oven and let it cool down before cleaning up. This will prevent any accidental burns or fires.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans inward so someone walking by doesn’t accidentally knock into them and push them over.
  • Do not throw water on a grease fire as it can make it explode. Always use baking soda and salt for grease fires.