Tips for Getting Kids Helping in the Kitchen

Want your kids to help make dinner but you don’t know how to get started? Here are some tips for getting kids helping in the kitchen, and wanting to do it. These are easy ways to help get them interested, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Tips for Getting Kids Helping in the Kitchen

Watch Cooking Shows

There are some great cooking shows for kids. We have watched cooking and baking shows on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Disney+. Don’t forget Curiosity Stream too. They focus more on the documentary side of things but there are some great shows about where food comes from, different cuisines, etc.

Use Fun Cooking Utensils

Do you have kitchen gadgets that are the right size for them? This is really important. Using a knife that is too big for little hands can lead to accidents, which can lead to them losing interest in learning to cook or bake.

Subscribe to a Meal Kit Service

If you don’t have a lot of time in the day to meal plan and everything that goes along with cooking, try subscribing to a meal kit service. One that comes to mind is Hello Fresh, they deliver everything you need to create delicious dinners from scratch so you spend less time shopping. You can subscribe to a weekly meal kit service so you can enjoy the process of cooking with your children without spending time at the grocery store.

For younger children, consider using a service like Raddish Kids, a cooking club for kids that offers simple meal solutions that bring the whole family together. Parents should consider subscribing to one of these services, even if just for a little while, to help their children learn how to prepare a meal.

Encourage Creativity

A kitchen is a place where children can use their imagination and explore a wide variety of flavors, textures, cooking methods, and serving styles.

Parents can motivate their kids to cook by encouraging their creativity. Invite younger children to use fun toppings on a pizza or a sandwich. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just fun and engaging for their minds.

Ask for Their Input

It’s important for children to express their opinions and reflect on their experiences after cooking a meal. Parents can invite their children to talk about their cooking journey by asking for their input. Did they enjoy cooking?

Listening to children’s input is also an important part of keeping them motivated. When children feel like their opinions are valued they are more likely to feel confident in themselves and encouraged to try again. Before too long, they will be asking their parents to help cook every meal!

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