Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City
The kitchen can be a place of the unknown for children. They may see their parents or other family members working up a sweat, steam rising from pots and question what the great smell is coming from the oven. So instead of having the kids sit back and watch how things are done, why not let them help?
There are many tasks to be done in the kitchen that children and teens can help out with. You can start with the smaller tasks like stirring something on the stove, setting the table or cracking the eggs!
For preschoolers, they can benefit from being in the kitchen by seeing how the dishes are put together and get hands on experience, which will make them feel included while learning.
School-age kids can benefit from being in the kitchen because they can learn some cooking basics and use their math skills when combining ingredients for various recipes. You can also use this time to educate your children on good nutrition and set the groundwork for healthy eating for the rest of their life.
Teenagers can use this time to improve their cooking skills, because sooner or later they’ll be off to college and have to cook on their own! You may also want to introduce them to other types of cuisines! You can have an Asian night one week and a Mexican the following!
Remember, choose a time that’s right for you to have the kids in the kitchen! Make sure you give yourself enough time to teach them and aren’t on a tight schedule. Also, make sure your choosing the right tasks that are age appropriate. Always be sure to stress safety in the kitchen and most importantly loosen up and have some fun!
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