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What’s Cooking, Kids?

Posted on 2.11.2015

Naturally curious, most young children will always want to take part in what their parents are doing. While cooking with your children require time, patience and extra clean-up, it is well worth the effort, especially during school holidays. As parents, you don’t just create quality together time but your children can also pick up some skills that will come in handy in the future.

Here’s what you can do when cooking with your children:

1. Create their own cooking station so that they can focus on the task that was given without getting distracted or interfering with your cooking. 

2. If you have children below the age of 5, let them handle little tasks such as rinsing vegetables (not leafy ones), snapping the ends of green beans or pouring in pre-measured ingredients. You can increase their responsibilities as they get older. 

3. School going children can learn some cooking basics and use their math skills to help combine ingredients for recipes.

4. Encourage your children to explore recipes and help them prepare the dish. This is their chance to improve their cooking skills. Click here for some interesting recipes! 

5. While you help them cook, talk to them about good nutrition and the ingredients you’re using. It can lay the groundwork for healthy eating later on.

6. Keep cleaning the cooking area as you’re done with each task. This will make the cooking session pleasant for everyone and your children would have learnt another valuable lesson –tidiness. 

7. Praise your children for helping you prepare a meal. They are sure to feel an immediate sense of pride and self-worth. They will be encouraged to do better in the future. 

8. Accept the fact that not all children like to cook. Don’t force them to do it. Instead, get them to contribute by washing up plates, setting the table, garnishing the dishes, clearing the table and tasting the dishes to see if it needs extra seasoning. 

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