Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Inviting kids into the kitchen to help prepare food can be an amazing experience for all involved. Yes, it WILL be messy at times but the fun and the learning is well worth it.
In addition to using basic math skills such as counting, weighing, measuring and tracking time, children also gain social skills by working together and communicating in the kitchen (USDA Cooperative Extension, 2020).
Preparing healthy meals at home is one way that we can take care of ourselves. A 2018 study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior showed that kids who learn basic cooking skills tend to eat healthier as adults!
Here are SOME of the tasks that kids can help with in the kitchen. The age of the child and how well they follow directions will of course determine just how much “help” they will be.
Scrape fresh carrots. Peel hard-boiled eggs. Mix the tuna salad.
Toss the vegetables with seasoning and olive oil before roasting them.
Slice the veggies for a salad (with supervision of course!).
Measure the olive oil for a home- made dressing Read over a recipe together.
Grate the cheese. Stir the scrambled eggs.
Check out the amazing cooking videos here on the Bull City Fit website.
There are MANY resources for parents who want to cook with their kids and teens. Here are a few websites to get started:
Written by: Jenny Favret, MS ,RD, LDN
Nutritionist, Duke Pediatrics Healthy Lifestyles Program