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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with kids is a great activity.  You can do it rain or shine.  You use mathematics to measure and calculate and listening and reading skills to follow directions.  Science helps you understand what is going on.  Recipes may be seasonally or culturally themed and even provide fascinating insights into history or literature. And then there is the satisfaction of a job well done.

Home baked goods can be shared, donated, or sold to raise money, teaching social skills and responsibility.

The process itself is a delight for the senses–the tactile pleasure of kneading dough, the crackle of popping corn, the sight of various foodstuffs browning, caramelizing or blending, and of course the smells and tastes of the finished product.

So, I thought it was a great question when an Education.com community member asked about easy recipes for children.

Here are some resources I know about and ones that others suggested as well:

Even preschoolers can cook up a great time in the kitchen.  Check out these tips for age-appropriate kitchen activities for preschoolers to teens.

Safety is always of paramount importance anytime you are in the kitchen with kids.  Here are some great tips for cooking safely with kids from the BBC.

Do you cook with your kids?  What are your favorite recipes and tips?

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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3 Responses to "Cooking with Kids"

  1. [...] like to mimic adult activities.  If they show an interest, why not cook with your children?  Even small kids can decorate cookies, help kneed play dough, or add ingredients for a blended [...]

  2. Juan Torres says:

    my mother and i loves to do cooking and baking;*.

  3. Just before I become parent, I really didn’t know that little ones love preparing food so much. My daughter absolutely loves it, I feel when grow up will be even far better cook than me.

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