Tips for kids in the kitchen
PLUS fun recipes you can make together!
Help your kids build healthy eating habits and become more independent by getting them involved in the kitchen. Cooking together provides an opportunity for relationship building between you and your little ones while also helping them develop a great foundation of different skills. Following recipes helps with reading and comprehension, preparing and cleaning up food helps with food safety and cleanliness, and working with a variety of ingredients gives them a better understanding of nutrition.
Follow these great tips for involving your kids in the kitchen:
- Stay safe. Get your kids up to speed on kitchen safety tips to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Important safety rules to go over with your kids include:
- Always wash your hands before and after handling ingredients.
- Clean as you go – wipe up spills as they happen.
- Ask an adult before handling foods in the oven, on the stove or in the microwave and always use an oven mitt when heat is involved.
- Ask before you lick! Some uncooked ingredients can make you very sick.
- Get permission from a grown-up before using tools like knives.
- If you need help, just ask!
- Supervise, but don’t do all the work. Of course you want to make sure your kids are being safe, but allowing them to do tasks autonomously that are appropriate for their age will help grow their confidence in the kitchen.
- Have fun! Cooking with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. Things will go wrong – ingredients will get spilled, measurements might be off, the end-product may not be as beautiful as planned – but don’t let that stop you from involving your kids in the kitchen. Know mistakes may happen and keep it stress-free. This is a learning experience and should be fun!
- Start young. Involving your kids with the cooking process young allows them to develop essential skills over time and gives them the opportunity to understand what’s going into the food they’re eating. We have suggested some recipes below by age group to get started in the kitchen with a super versatile ingredient – wheat!
Wheat is a great ingredient to get your kids started with because of its versatility – cookies, bread, pancakes, pizza and so much more! They’ll be kitchen pros in no time. Check out the recipes below for suggestions on where to get started.
Ages 4-7: Pizza Bagels
Try this easy recipe to let your little ones customize their creation. Just lay out some bagels and toppings for them to assemble as they please. A quick, safe and delicious way to get them started in the kitchen!
Ages 8-11: Cookie Dough Bites
There’s no baking required for this recipe, making it a great option to get your kids started in assembling yummy treats without heat. Make sure to toast the flour beforehand to ensure that any lingering bacteria is killed in the raw flour.
Ages 11-14: Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Pancakes are already great as is, but add some chocolate chips and banana chunks to really increase the deliciousness! This recipe is suitable for older kids to get them more comfortable frying with heat on a griddle or pan. Bonus points for a perfect pancake flip!