Cooking with the Kids by Kay Tracy.
My stepchildren and I started cook-ing together when they were 3 and 5. Early lessons included cutting hot dogs with a safe butter knife, making Pylsur Pasta, stirring sauces, and bak-ing cookies.
Along the way, they learned to stir without a splash and how to crack eggs without adding shells.
There are many reasons to cook with your chil-dren. Most importantly, it allows you to bond in time spent together and provides them a sense of accomplishment from making something and being able to eat it. It’s an opportunity to teach hygiene, like washing hands properly and cleaning up after-ward. You can also sneak in math when they meas-ure, double, or halve a recipe.
They’ll learn even if they don’t know it. Drop-ping pasta into the boiling water from too high is not a good idea but wearing an apron and long sleeves is. Tool use, from cutting fruit or vegetables to frosting a cake, helps with hand-eye coordina-tion. Decorating cookies at Christmas is a fun way to engage the children, even if they lick frosting off their fingers….to read more, click on the Winter Issue here.