We do A LOT of cooking in our house and Ayden has been a side kick in the kitchen since he was probably 4 mo the old. We'd get him set up in his Bumbo or bouncer and give him bell peppers or mesh feeders full of goodies to taste and gnaw on. When we moved in with my parents, we stared using a dining chair with arms and he'd stand right up next to us while we prepped and cooked meals.
He has his own kid knives and knows where to find cutting boards. Today, he walked up to me like this:
He had found his little Gerber knife in the open dishwasher and helped himself to our biggest cutting board. He was ready to chop! I set him up on his Little Helper tower that David built for him and set him up with some snap peas and he proceeded to "chop" and snack away. He was occupied with that for probably 20 or 30 minutes.
I took pictures of the whole process of building the tower and plan to dedicate a post to it soon. He loves it so much! If we are in the kitchen, he begs for us to pull it over to the island so he can get in on the action.
With how important food is to our family, we absolutely love that he shows so much interest in it. This Web MD article talks about all of the benefits of cooking with kids and I believe every word!
As a teacher, we would incorporate cooking activities into our lesson plans. They would cover literacy (reading a recipe), math (measuring/counting), all 5 senses and even sometimes writing if we had them write about the experience afterward. That's not to mention all of the listening/communication skills that are practiced when you do anything as a team. Those lessons were, by far, the most memorable for my students. It might be messy and may make things take a little longer but the benefits to cooking with your kids far outweigh the risks!
Do your kids like to cook with you? If they do, what "job" do they get to have?
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