It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Getting your kids to understand the joys of baking and cooking, can be frustrating, but it is never too early to get your children involved so they can learn to appreciate the different types of foods out there and what goes into getting those foods ready for the table. Approached in a lighthearted manner, you can make this a fun process for everyone.
1: Turn Baking Into A Spelling Lesson!
One of my favorite things to do, especially with young children, is to turn baking into a fun spelling lesson! This is easy to do in a variety of ways. You can bake cookies, biscuits, or anything else that takes icing, and use the icing to write out letters. This is a lesson in baking, writing, reading, with the added bonus of a wonderful smelling kitchen!
2. Teach Healthy Eating Through Fruit and Veggie Art.
One of the hardest things to do is to get kids to eat healthy. How can a salad compete with all of those sugary treats? Have you tried turning it into a game? Let the kids learn about fruits and vegetables by getting their hands dirty. Help them cut out shapes, make faces in their salad, and get creative with their food just like it was an arts and crafts project. For example you can make a clown face salad by using the lettuce as the hair, a tomato for the nose, cucumber slices for the eyes, and carrots for the mouth. Even children will like to eat healthy when it is this much fun!
3. Reward Kids For Being Responsible.
Being in the kitchen is not all fun and games. This is as important of a lesson to teach your children as anything else. This can also be a great way to teach kids about being responsible and working in order to attain a goal. How? With kitchen chores! Set rewards or an allowance for completing various tasks like washing the dishes and putting them away, cleaning the floors, or whatever else you need done in the kitchen. This is will teach them all about responsibility while at the same time giving you another pair of helping hands.
4. Let Your Kid Become A TV Chef.
The more interactive a project is, the more kids tend to love it. One really fun way to get your kids cooking is to let their imaginations run wild and prepare a dish of their very own (with your assistance of course). Film the process and let them teach how to prepare the dish each step of the way. This will build their confidence and make them love spending time in the kitchen.
5. Let The Kids Make The Menu.
Another way to turn cooking into a fun craft project is by getting creative with menus. Get out some safety scissors, crayons, markers, and craft paper and let the kids create a menu for the night. Let them choose the appetizer, main course, and the dessert. Then let them design and build a real menu.
6. Remodel The Kitchen With The Family.
You do not have to limit the kitchen fun to cooking and cleaning. If you are planning on doing some kitchen renovating, whether it is simply a paint job or larger renovation, let the kids think about everything they would want to see in the kitchen! Who knows what creative ideas they will come up with. Give them a pen and paper so they can draw what their dream kitchen would look like.
7. Teach Your Kids To Take Pride In The Kitchen.
Finally involve your kids in the decorating and cleaning process. Teach them the value and importance of taking care of their possessions. Make them feel involved in the whole process and soon taking care of the kitchen will be as important to them as it is to you.