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Kids in the Kitchen

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Kids love to help in the kitchen! They start to learn cooking skills, they feel they can be helpful and they also take lots of interest in the food once it gets to the table. 

Kids in the kitchen

Kids love to help out in the kitchen when you’re planning or preparing a meal. Giving them age-relevant tasks makes them feel involved and also gives you an extra pair of hands.

  • Invite them to help you plan a meal and discuss what ingredients you’ll need. 
  • Give small children jobs such as setting the table, washing the vegetables/salad or stirring something. 
  • Set up an assembly line to make your own pizzas – everyone can add their favourite toppings and create their own ‘signature’ creations. 
  • Baking cakes is another fun way to introduce kids to cooking.

Kids’ kitchen safety

Although it can be fun to have them with you in the kitchen, kids need to be supervised at all times to avoid accidents and injuries. It’s also an important time to teach them about kitchen safety.

  • Help them to identify ‘hot’ foods/equipment and how to avoid them. 
  • Explain that they have to ask an adult before using knives and electrical appliances.
  • Make sure there is no running in the kitchen. 
  • Insist that they wash their hands before and after preparing food. 
  • Show them how to call for help in case of an emergency, including fire and ambulance services.

Eating together

Eating together is a great way to spend time as a family. It also gives you the chance to be a role model for healthy eating. If kids see you eating and enjoying healthy food, it encourages them to do the same.

  • Plan to sit down together as a family when eating meals. 
  • Try to establish a regular time for meals so that kids become used to the routine. 
  • Turn the television off during mealtimes. 
  • Keep mealtimes light-hearted – avoid arguments or teasing. 
  • Encourage children to eat slowly and enjoy the food. This also gives the stomach time to signal when it is full.
  • Don’t serve huge portions. Start with a little and offer seconds if people want it. 
  • Don’t force kids to finish everything on their plate if they have had enough to eat. 
  • Have takeaway meals or special desserts only occassionally.