Cooking with the Kids by Kay Tracy.
My stepchildren and I started cooking together when they were 3 and 5. Early lessons included cutting hot dogs with a safe butter knife, making Pylsur Pasta, stirring sauces, and baking 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 children. 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 measure, 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 coordination. Decorating cookies at Christmas is a fun way to engage the children, even if they lick frosting off their fingers….
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