How to Teach Your Kids to Cook – and Make it Fun!

Are you looking for an enjoyable way for your and your kids to spend more time together? Fun kids activities you can do range from science projects to woodland adventures, but if you don’t have much time to spare, there’s another activity you might consider introducing your kids to: cooking.

Admittedly, getting busy in the kitchen won’t be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about new fun kids activities to do together. But spending time in the kitchen doesn’t always have to feel like hard work. Plus, it’s a great way to combine the necessary with the fun if you’re struggling to fit in playtime.

Introducing your kids to the art of cooking early has plenty of advantages. It will teach your children valuable life skills and boost their self-esteem. What’s more, it can also be a lot of fun. Here’s how to make the most of it!

Don’t worry too much

Your parental instincts will tell you to keep your kids far away from any potential danger in the kitchen. This includes anything sharp, anything hot, and anything that could potentially hurt your children. But let’s be honest – this approach bans your kids from using pretty much any tool in the kitchen. It’s important to relax a little bit when cooking with your kids. Of course, it’s still crucial to teach your children all the safety basics, such as to be careful around the stove and always watch their fingers when chopping vegetables, but on top of that, try not to worry too much. A relaxed attitude towards cooking will make it more enjoyable for everyone.

Aim for a healthy balance

In an ideal world, you would only ever cook super healthy meals with your kids. But whilst boiling a chicken stew or roasting vegetables can be fun and taste great, it’s important to keep your kids interested and mix it up a little. How about trying a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, or making slushies together? If you alternate between healthy meals and delicious treats, your kids are more likely to stay interested.

Take it step by step

When it comes to the actual cooking, it’s important to make the process as simple and easy to remember as possible. Your kids will need a gentle introduction, so break everything down into clear steps. Prepare the raw food, flavour it next, then slowly cook it. Doing it this way will allow your kids to see all the different tasks that go into preparing a meal. Let them add stuff to the blender or whatever kitchen gadgets you like to use, and offer suggestions for ingredients. This will give their confidence an extra boost when they get all the steps done and can enjoy what they’ve made.

Clean up the mess!

Even if your kids don’t mind giving cooking a shot, they definitely won’t count cleaning up to their list of favourite things to do. But cleaning up the mess you’ve made is an important part of cooking. Show your kids that they can easily minimise the mess (and the workload at the end) if they adopt a clean-as-you-go approach. This involves rinsing cutting boards after you use them and throwing away onion peels whilst cooking. Of course, this attitude will also come handy for other kids activities and might save you quite a bit of work down the line.