Yes, it will get messy. Yes, it will take them twice as long as you to do something. And yes, the recipe may not turn out perfectly, BUT there are plenty of reasons why your kids should be welcomed as chefs into the kitchen at home.
Medical and nutritional experts cite in Woodhull IL 61490 the following as benefits of teaching kids to cook: increased self-confidence, development of healthy eating habits, increased likelihood to try new foods, as well as the learning of a practical skill.
As a mom of three young children, I also think there are other benefits:
- It’s a great way to reinforce math skills – Counting cups of flour added or the number of times to stir ingredients for the younger kids and fractions for older kids.
Picture this in Woodhull IL 61490 classroom lesson in a kitchen: “So we need ¾ cup of flour but we only have ½ cup and ¼ cup measuring cups – now what?”
- Extra reading – For reluctant readers, finding out what ingredient comes next in a recipe can be intriguing. They won’t even realize they are reading.
- Mom and son time – At the risk of sounding chauvinistic, I am going to go out on a limb and maintain that a lot of boys naturally gravitate to male role models when they want in Woodhull IL 61490 to play sports and other physical activities. Cooking is a way for mothers and other female role models to spend time with their sons. Plus, it’s a great rainy day indoor activity.