It’s Saturday afternoon and my kids are fighting for a seat at the kitchen counter. We bake Chocolate Chip Cookies, our favorite, fun and easy bowl that is all the rage every time.
I have been cooking with my two children, Sasha and Athena, since I was 18 months old.
During those younger years I would give them their own bowl of flour and sugar and a few measuring spoons to play with, letting them mix, mix, pour and mess and have fun on their own while I did all and most of the measurements. to stir.
Baking and cooking are two life skills that everyone wants to have, but only some have. People are always interested to hear that I can bake and are impressed when I tell them that I am a professional pastry chef.
Why not give your kids the chance to get congratulations on baking a fabulous summer fruit pie, layered cake or more simply chewy chocolate chip cookies. Start their culinary journey today with my 8 Easy Steps to Cooking With Kids Success.
Young children between the ages of 2 and 6 may need a break in the middle of preparing the recipe or may let you go completely. My children have done these things many times. Do not abandon ! Complete the task and share the rewards.
Children aged 7 and up should be able to help along the way with before and after tasks such as shopping and cleaning.
If you are new to baking with your kids, I recommend doing it with one kid at a time while the other is doing fun things with dad or grandma. Then trade it with your other kids.
When the kids are older, you can cook more complicated recipes and share the chores among all of your kids.
Here are my sure-fire steps for success and having fun while cooking with your kids.
Let’s get started!
1. Find a recipe … The easiest thing to do is to use a proven recipe that you have already made with success. I like cookies. These are easy bowl recipes that are a hit with kids and adults alike.
2. Check the cupboards and make a list … Review your chosen recipe and make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. Make a list of all the things you don’t have. Now is the time to go shopping!
3. Shop … Buy the ingredients a day in advance. It’s a great idea to have your kids with you. This helps them learn important life skills that they will need later on, such as choosing and purchasing the foods you need.
4. Get Rid of Clutter … On cooking day, you want to rid the kitchen counters of excess clutter, tools and appliances that you won’t need. You want your child to be able to focus on the experience and not get distracted. Empty counters are easier to clean!
5. Get Organized … Think about the tasks ahead. What tools will you need to make the experience a success? Make a list if you have to or browse the kitchen with the recipe in hand. Gather all the tools you will need such as bowls, spoons, measuring cups, scrapers, pots, etc.
6. Ignore distractions … Let your family know that you will be busy for the next hour and a half. If the phone rings and you aren’t expecting an important call, let voicemail answer it. It shows your child that you are really focused on them.
7. Get messy … Cooking is tactile and messy, but that’s part of the fun. If you plan ahead of time that Johnny or Jenny is going to put flour and sugar on the floor and walls, it’s not that big of a deal when it does. And yes, the eggshells will end up in the batter but that’s really not a big deal. So roll up your sleeves and get started!
8. Have fun! … The most important thing is to have fun with your children. Remember you are teaching them valuable life skills while having fun and eating the rewards.