Monday, November 17, 2014

Cooking With Kids

We are looking forward to Thanksgiving! One of our favorite days of the year is spent gathering with good company and of course, gobbling up yummy food. As hectic as preparing for the holidays can be, we thought we could take a few extra moments to make cooking together a fun new learning experience for your wee ones. Who knows, maybe you will start a new tradition!

This video from Cook Smarts introduces parents and families to cooking together with children, and lays out the many benefits of incorporating little chefs into the kitchen. Learning to follow directions, growing their vocabulary, and building hand-eye coordination all help lay an important foundation of learning. 

 

If you are just starting out in your cooking adventures, this article from Food Network is a worthy read: Cooking With Kids Without Going Insane. Taking simple steps before you start the cooking process can pay off in a big way to help alleviate headaches. Need a little more convincing? Babble shares ten skills children learn when you cook with them in this informative slideshow.

Childhood 101 shares some helpful tips, like pre-measuring ingredients, and some kid-friendly recipes here. Head over to Mess For Less,  Two Daloo, and Simple Bites to get a variety of recipes and tips to keep your rolling pin busy.
Even Buzzfeed is getting on the band wagon of cooking with the kids with these 21 recipes. 

With all of the warm rolls and mashed taters you will encounter over the holidays, why not include the kids in making a sweet hostess gift like homemade butter? Apartment Therapy shares an easy to follow recipe for your sous chef.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to hearing your cooking stories. 

Gobble, gobble, 
Katie and Abby