Top Tips for Cooking with Kids

Cooking offers children a variety of learning experiences. It’s a practical way to teach kids basic life skills. Time spent together in the kitchen also encourages interaction and communication between you and your child.

  1. Choose a time that suits you and your child. Over the weekend or during holidays usually works best.
  2. Be prepared; before you get started take time to read the recipe yourself and get all the necessary ingredients. Preparation is key.
  3. Save time by weighing/chopping ingredients in advance.
  4. Start small and keep it fun, children may lose interest quickly.
  5. Choose the right tasks for the right age group. For younger children start with basic recipes and manageable tasks.
  6. Allow mistakes and exercise patience. Prepare for a little extra mess.
  7. Praising children boosts their confidence. Emphasise positive, specific things they are doing. “You’re doing a great job stirring that sauce” “Wow you’re so good at measuring out the flour”.
  8. Offer guidance and help rather than taking over the task. “Would you like me to help you with this?”
  9. Even when the end results are not what you expected, praise their efforts and tuck in with gusto!