Cooking with Kids at Home
Anyone with children will tell you that mealtimes can be frantic. With the home filled with the laughter of youth, many trips to the family kitchen throughout the week for dinners can result with struggles over getting little ones to eat something other than chicken nuggets and chips.
As years go by and with increased traffic passing through the kitchen it's hardly surprising that your kitchen can become a busy place - but it doesn't need to be too fraught. Cooking with your kids can help introduce them to new foods as well as take more interest and responsibility. To enjoy cooking with your children follow a few of our suggestions.
The most important thing to do is organise yourself.
Let's face it - as parents we expect kids to clear up after themselves so we should too - especially in the kitchen. And while much of modern childrens bedroom furniture is well designed to help with storage, a kitchen is all about storage so there is no excuse really.
A disorganised or cluttered kitchen is a breeding ground for stress so you need to address this first and foremost. Make sure work surfaces are clear and clean and ensure there is sufficient space for everyone in the room.
Whilst this may seem easier said than done, staying calm when cooking with children is essential. To be fraught will only end up rubbing off on them and cause the situation to escalate so it is best to remain calm by taking deep breaths and taking it one step at a time.
Use Basic Recipes
Looking for quick and easy recipes is also recommended. Cooking something which is not complicated will be far easier than tackling a complex dish and this means you'll be able to have more fun.
Choosing a simple recipe is also a great way to ensure children are able to play an active part in the cooking rather than simply having them observe whilst you use expensive and potentially dangerous equipment to create a culinary masterpiece.
Treat Them And Have Fun!
Last, but by no means least, you need to make sure the cooking process is fun. This activity should be a treat that your children enjoy so try and keep it fun and enjoyable. Building gingerbread houses or baking cookies are great ways to get kids enthusiastic about cooking. There are plenty of places to find inspiration from favourite DVD's to characters featured on childrens bedroom wallpaper.