Cooking is a great way to unleash your creativity. It is obviously important for nourishing your body, and can allow you to cook healthy meals at home rather than being forced to eat unhealthy fast food and processed food outside of the home. However, parents worry about safety issues when they consider letting their children help with the cooking.
This makes sense. Injuries and deaths at home are more likely to occur in the kitchen than in every other room of the house except the bathroom. There are ways you can start your children cooking up a storm, and do so in a healthy manner. The following tips and practices get your children involved with cooking safely and responsibly.
Get Them Started Early
Your ability at any endeavor improves over time. So get your kids started early with their cooking education. Their familiarity in and around the kitchen will get better with repetition, so get them comfortable and familiar with cooking related activities at a young age.
Have Them Handle Safer Cooking Tasks
Measuring, pouring and mixing are simple tasks that even young children can handle. This keeps possibly dangerous utensils and accessories like knives, blenders, ovens and stoves from causing a kitchen injury.
Give Your Children Cooking Toys and Games
There are plenty of educator-approved cooking toys and games for kids of all ages. This is a good way for your child to become familiar with different cooking tools and accessories so when they use the real thing for the first time, they are more likely to do so in a safe manner.
Set a Good Example
You probably realize that your kids are watching you all of the time. The best way to get your kids involved in cooking in a safe fashion is to provide a good example yourself.
Take Your Kids Shopping for Groceries
Let your children help you shop for the groceries. This is the first step in the cooking process. This gradually eases your child into full-fledged cooking duties, and could spark the interest that leads to a lifetime love affair of cooking.
Don’t worry about the results when your child is helping you with some cooking duty. If their efforts are producing little results, don’t criticize. Congratulate your kids on a great job and ask to take a turn yourself to deliver the intended result.
Let Them Cook Their Favorite Food
Kids will listen and practice safety in the kitchen when you let them cook their favorite food. If your child’s favorite food is pizza, make homemade pizza instead of ordering out for delivery. As you spread the pasta sauce on the pizza dough, explain to your child that it is made of crushed tomatoes. Then mention other tomato-based foods that your child may want to cook in the future.