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Cooking with Kids

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5 tips for working with kids in the kitchen

Cooking with kids can be stressful. But it doesn't need to be!! With these 5 simple tips, you will love having the kids in the kitchen with you!

Cooking is an important life skill all kids should learn. However, I will be the first to admit, I do not like to cook with my kids. I know, I know, judge away. But they get in the way, they don’t listen, they are impatient, and I would just rather do it myself. However, I have a passion for food and I want to share with my kids. I have come up with a few tips to help you whilst cooking with your kids.

How to Handle Kids in the Kitchen

1. Use a simple recipe

The less steps and ingredients the better. Kids are impatient. Make a quick and easy recipe that won’t keep them waiting long. The girls and I made baked apples since my parents bought us a boatload of apples. Or you could try this granola or pancakes!

2. Premeasure all ingredients

This could be the most important tip. Premeasure all your ingredients into msall bowls. We love these ingredient bowls for this! That way little hands can grab the little bowls and dump them out. Hopefully into another bowl of some sort and not the floor. Or their mouths.

baked apple ingredients

3. Keep it simple

Your kid isn’t Gordan Ramsey. Give them simple steps like mixing and pouring in ingredients. Fortunately kids are easily amused.

preschoolers mixing up a recipe at home

little hands stirring up ingredients

4. Let them play with their food.

Let your kids dig in a sensory experience with the food, how it feels, how it smells, and eventually how it tastes.

Kids sprinkling toppings on baked apples

5. Expect the unexpected.

Kids can surprise you. They may be capable of more than you think. Harley could crack at egg at 5. However, they may lose interest faster than you think. Or they may be hesitant to get involved. Or they can make this face at the finished product.

Unhappy little girl

Sigh. Children. You have to laugh to keep from crying. Don’t get discouraged! Get those kids in the kitchen and have some fun.

Cooking with kids can be stressful. But it doesn't need to be!! With these 5 simple tips, you will love having the kids in the kitchen with you!

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