- Safety first. Avoid recipes that are stovetop-focused. You don’t want to encourage them to pull their chairs up to a hot stove. If handling raw eggs, ensure that hands are washed thoroughly afterwards. And on that note, start the cooking project with freshly washed hands.
- Look for recipes that have a sufficient amount of ingredients. One of the tasks that is most fun for kids is dumping ingredients in a bowl from a measuring cup.
Prolong the fun for them by spreading 2 cups of flour into 8 – ¼ cup sized measuring cups. Just make sure you count out loud or risk losing your place.
- If more than one child is involved, set up the sharing rules before you begin. Each child gets a turn to add ingredients one at a time. If Suzy went first today, Billy goes first the next time.
- Keep the basics on hand. You never know when that urge to make granola bars will surface so make sure you have the ingredients for your favorite recipes on hand.
- If your recipe in Geronimo OK 73543 involves baking, turn on the oven light so the kids can see their progress. The rise of Dutch style puffy pancakes as they bake is wonderful entertainment. Equally fun can be the immediate deflation after they are removed from the oven.
- Encourage creativity. If it’s a new recipe, I usually tell my kids in Geronimo OK 73543 that we’ll follow the recipe pretty closely the first time and next time we’ll make changes. When they want to make modifications it demonstrates that they paid attention to how they made the recipe last time, remembered how it tasted and have thought about how it may be improved. Not surprisingly, their suggested modification is usually adding chocolate chips.
- Be patient. When cooking with kids, I guarantee you will need to move the following step of any recipe from first to near the bottom, “Preheat oven to 350 degrees”.
- Create your family’s classic favorites.
If cooking is not your “thing”, but you’d like your in Geronimo OK 73543 children to develop an interest and learn to cook, involve a babysitter, relative or leave it to the experts. Many groups offer cooking classes catered (no pun intended) to children.