How to Get your Kid into the Kitchen

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Kids are naturally curious,
and a great way to encourage that curiosity is by having them help in the
kitchen.  After all, cooking is really just another name for science!
Choosing a recipe, gathering the ingredients, mixing it all up and waiting to
see how it turns out- that’s the scientific process right there.  It’s
also a great way to encourage their creativity- they can help make faces on
pancakes using fruit or arrange the food on a plate into an eye-catching
design.

I absolutely love having my
little helpers in the kitchen with me! We have made so many memories there–
baking holiday cookies and preparing daily meals. They love to help measure
ingredients and use the appliances (with supervision, of course!). Getting kids
involved in the kitchen is a great way to kick-start lifelong healthy eating
habits and encourage a positive relationship with food.  The kitchen is
the place to show them healthy ways to prepare food. It’s also a great way for
them to gain an understanding of where their food comes from. Little ones are
also natural helpers. They want to be useful, and allowing kids to help in the
kitchen will nurture their sense of pride and accomplishment.

One way to engage kids in
the kitchen is by finding a fun and kid-friendly cookbook with recipes and
pictures that will interest them. Pinterest is also a wonderful
resource because most of the articles have pictures! Children tend to be visual
learners and seeing a picture of the food can help entice them into the cooking
process.  And we all know that kids who are given choices on what to eat
are much more likely to actually eat! 
They want to feel valued and important, and having an input in the menu
does just that.

There are many cookbooks
out there written just for kids.  Barnes and Noble’s
blog featured their top 10 cookbooks for kids here.
 New
York Magazine
recently compiled a list of the best cookbooks for kids
according to chefs who are also parents!  This list features cookbooks on
pizza, Italian dishes, pancakes and even a cookbook based on the beloved Harry
Potter
series!  You can find the entire article here.  Why not take a trip to the local bookstore
and pick out a cookbook together? It just might be the beginning of a mutual
hobby for you and your child.  

Happy cooking!

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